Good Time: LFF Film Review

Robert Pattinson has been making a lot of interesting career choices post-Twilight and Good Time is another project which proves there is more to him and that he’s actually a very good actor.

He plays Connie, who goes on the run after a bank robbery attempt lands his mentally-handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) in jail. He desperately tries to get the bail money together to get Nick out but he then learns his brother has been beaten up and is in the hospital so he tries to bust him loose himself.

Pattinson looks and sounds completely different, with a very convincing, understated and impressive New York accent, facial hair and a peroxide blond mop top. Safdie, who co-directs with his brother Josh, makes us feel sorry for Nick, and Buddy Duress is hilarious in a case of mistaken identity. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi are barely in it all, which is a shame.

The film builds tension with a pulsating techno sound that reminded me of Nicolas Windig Refn and it’s very sweary, pretty violent, but also surprisingly funny. I did not expect that. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all and I enjoyed it a lot.

The film takes place over the course of 24 hours (ish) and it basically follows Connie as he makes one fuck up after another. The premise ran out of steam about 20 minutes before the end, as it descended into chaos and a lot of shouting and swearing and I had enough, but other than that, I have no issues.

Screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival. Released 17th November.

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