I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore - 2017
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic competition. This is also the directorial debut of Malcom Blair, best known for his roles in Blue Ruin and Green Room (movies that he used as a template for this movie).
Blair created a relatable main character in Ruth, played by Melanie Lynskey, and serves as the perfect vehicle for the audience. During the first five minutes of the movie we are sold on how our main character feels completely out of place with everyone around her. We see her going through a normal day in her life and how people lack common decency (little things like picking up something they dropped at the grocery store). My favorite scene being an interaction she has at the bar with a guy (played by Blair) that ruins a plot twist in the book she was reading (something that anybody can identify with).
Despite her best efforts to stay out of the way, the world finds a way to force her into action. After her house was broken into and the police being indifferent about it, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She enlists the help of her neighbor Tony, played by Elijah Wood.
Elijah Wood gives his funniest performance since his days in Wilfred, playing a complete odd ball with funny one-liners. Wood has always been a great actor, choosing unique roles and movies (this one being no different). Wood has multiple funny scenes throughout (one involving an older gentleman that I won’t ruin), but my favorite one liner is; “That’s how hard I threw it” (as he struggled to pull out a ninja star of the wall).
Along with having funny and relatable heroes, Blair created a group of bad guys that feel they were pulled from a graphic novel. All of them having their own sets of quirks that distinguish them from each-other, yet you understand why they would work together. The leader of the group being a middle age criminal, that from only seeing him you know he has been to jail multiple times and his right hand-woman covered in tattoos and sporting her crazy eyes throughout every single frame she is featured. All of them contrast the main characters and embody everything they see wrong in the world.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore has a great story structure, taking the audience from point A to point B with ease. Every action has a consequence, and I never found myself second guessing the actions each character made throughout the entire movie. Blair sells an extremely funny story that makes the audience get comfortable in the shoes of the main character, until the third act comes around.
The third act of this movie comes out of nowhere with the lead being the perfect vehicle for the audience as she is also (for the most part) just along for the ride as we are. This movie took me completely off guard, as I went into it completely blind, and I don’t regret it. I will not ruin this movie for anyone. So, please see it without watching too many trailers or reading too much on what this movie is about.
I am honestly happy and excited that Blair, along with Saulnier (director of Blue Ruin and Green Room), are out there making this types of movies. Both are teaming up for next year’s Hold the Dark and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
There are many movies that premier in Sundance and fall by the waste side, I’m glad this one didn’t thanks to Netflix. Being able to sit at home and watch this caliber of film with my pug on my lap is something I love about what Netflix has been doing recently. Having a movie meet my expectation and at the same time blow them out of the water, is why I love movies.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is currently streaming on Netflix, I highly recommend it.
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