Ever since World's Greatest Dad (2009), director and writer Bobcat Goldthwait had no trouble convincing me to throw all the money I have at him. A challenge came into clarity for Mr. Goldthwait. World's Greatest Dad became one of my all-time favorite black comedies. Could he top it?
God Bless America is a different kind of film. That makes it a good film. This film has no fear in getting the truth across. Definitely, it has no fear. Otherwise, a baby wouldn't have been shot leaving an explosion of blood... Within the first twenty minutes.
That said scene being completely shocking and morally wrong, I still managed to laugh uproariously. I knew I was in for a real dark treat.
In God Bless America, the story follows Frank (played by Joel Murray, known for his role as Freddy Rumsen in Mad Men), a middle-aged man met with a great deal of depression. He can't escape that depression. He tries to hide from it by watching television, but that doesn't let him break free from the state.
Now contemplating suicide, Frank realizes something. He has a gun. Why off himself when there are horrible people out there who are more deserving of that bullet? Frank's first target is a brat from the movie's hilariously depressing (depressing as in 100% accurate) spoof of My Super Sweet 16.
After the deed had been done, Frank is followed by a teenage girl, Roxane (played by Tara Lynne Barrr), who finds Frank's action to be completely fucking awesome.
Eventually, Frank and Roxy get together, teaming up to provide one hell of a killing spree.
Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr lay some excellent performances upon the table. Extremely compelling; you can feel the rage in their heart.
I'd even say that Joel Murray's performance is worthy of an Academy Award. I know it's early in the year, but given the Academy Awards' track record... This opinion is not too crazy. The sad truth is that this movie will not get any recognition from the old white men in charge of the Oscars.
Tara Lynne Barr is also particularly great. Her character is feisty and eager, Tara portrays it very well.
The acting compliments Bobcat Goldthwait's brilliant writing. More than a few laugh-out-loud moments are evident in this film. I found myself on the brink of tears with laughter. Such great pacing. The movie's not only funny because it's well-written, but also because it's so damn true. Kids whining about getting a BlackBerry for their birthday instead of an iPhone. That scene was handled so well.
It may seem like God Bless America's message is too direct. People have to realize that this movie doesn't need to be subtle. Right from the start, you know that. This is a violent film calling for kindness. That may sound ridiculous and impossible, but God Bless America proves that it is in fact possible. Definitely provoked some emotion out of me, reflecting on the state of our society.
Amongst all that substance, the visual look of the movie is downright gorgeous. The cinematography is flavorful. I had no idea who Bradley Stonesifer was, but now I have my eye on his future endeavors.
God Bless America is a dark movie. You can't really overlook that. I suggest it to every American who is mature enough to sit through an hour of bloodshed coupled with hilarity.
Out now via Video On Demand and in theatres starting May 11th.