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Falling Further Down,
This review is from: God Bless America [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
I struggle to watch television nowadays; it's as if none of the shows are made for me, too much shouting or D-List celebrities. You think we have it bad, think of the poor Americans; they have hundreds more channels, packed to the gills with dross. Frank is a man who cannot take it anymore; a deadly combination of inoperable brain tumour, awful work life and a `Sweet 16' style TV show is too much for him. He decides to rid the world of obnoxious people before dying. Along for the ride is mentally unhinged teenager Roxy who acts as his partner and spurs him on.
`God Bless America' is the darkest of comedies and rather than skirting the concept of bad taste, it just decides to ignore it. What do you expect from Bobcat Goldthwait? He made a comedy film about a man profiting from his son's death. What makes `Bless America' work, is that it is so well observed, the problem is not that the film is violent, but that it tells so many home truths. The West is obsessed with youth and possessions and Frank is just a man who has had enough of it all. The parodies of TV shows in the film are very convincing and if anything will be too mundane in a few years time.
Goldthwait is successful at making us understand an otherwise evil spree killer. In a society where real people are entering public buildings and killing people, the ability to do this is impressive. `Bless America' will shock and it is meant to. It is perhaps too leery, but that is the point of the film. The sympathy we feel towards the characters is helped further by the actors, Joel Murray in particular as Frank is excellent giving a nuanced performance that balances the film and prevents it from being mere exploitation. `God Bless America' is a fun, thrilling and slightly sick comedy that is brainless, whilst remaining intelligent. An interesting film, just make sure you watch it with people you know.
Although shot on a relatively low budget, `Bless America' is best seen in HD as the road movie aspects of the film allow you to see some pleasant parts of America (and some unpleasant parts of Americana).