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The best, and funniest, crime film since Fargo,
This review is from: Killer Joe [DVD] (DVD)
Instantly engaging, somewhat stagey, excellently written crime drama features a cast of nasty, stupid, bottom-feeding people, the immoral and the amoral, with only Juno Temple's character being decent. If you're frightened by stories featuring such characters then stay away. This movie isn't interested in making judgements, it's interested in telling itself right and letting you have your laughs. By the time the movie's over, we understand where everyone is coming from but we only really care for Matthew McConaughey's Killer Joe Cooper (who, unlike the others, knows what he is doing is wrong and does it anyway) and Juno Temple's Dottie, who is a bit of a floaty girl. Emile Hirsch gives a great performance as Chris, an absolutely awful drug dealer and gambler who is sometimes sympathetic, sometimes just pathetic, and always captivating. He's one of those interesting characters who is desperate and pathetic enough to set up something immoral, but he's still got enough humanity in him to regret it, or make last minute attempts to stop it. In other words, he isn't committed to a figurative God or the Devil. Thomas Haden Church (interesting that two of the family are played by actors with the surnames "Church" and "Temple"...I kept expecting Bill Synagogue to show up) and Gina Gershon round out the family of the film nicely - was incredible to see that nearly 20 years after Showgirls Gina Gershon is still playing a stripper!
The film is really a series of lengthy scenes, which is obviously explained by it's stage origin, but you won't notice or mind at all because the performances and story are so engaging. Unpredictable to the last, the ending is ambiguous as anything and is not to all tastes, but I liked it.