The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

2014-07-18 13:04
 
What it’s about:

Part coming-of-age drama, part crime thriller and with a little bit of romance to boot this movie has something for everyone. Centering on poor Charlie: our protagonist, whose mom has just died, and his journey to a far away land to process his loss, this film starts off as standard as they come but comes down in psychedelic place that is hard to put your finger on with lots of funny twists and turns.

What we thought:

I loved the way that this film communicated the sheer confusion and chaos that is losing someone close to you whether you expect it or not. Yes, it does get trippy and bizarrely violent in places but that makes it more endearing somehow.

Shot in a style that is reminiscent of Across the Universe, where what a character is feeling or thinking is made manifest through dream like sequences, this film walks the tight rope between what is actually happening and what could happen if anything was possible.

The actors each inhibit their roles so holistically that you don’t see the seams of a well constructed mask and their chemistry: believable.

You feel for Charlie. When he falls in love you are happy for him and want it to work out for him.

When he gets in trouble you root for him. There’s nothing predictable about this film.

See it if you enjoy your films to be a little bit left of centre.

Get swept away in this strange voyage.
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