Movie: Good Time (2017)
Directors: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
Writers: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, & Buddy Duress
One-Line Plot Synopsis: When two brothers botch a robbery, one gets put in jail while the other goes on a twisted mission to get him out.
Well, lookie-lookie, it looks Robert Pattinson can act. The thing about getting your big break in a blockbuster cheesy movie teen movie series that is stretched into five movies is that unless you take a role that is drastically different than you teen heartthrob character, it’s going to be hard for most people to see you as a different character than the one you’ve become super famous for playing. Just look at Daniel Radcliffe in Imperium playing an undercover FBI agent posing as a white supremacist.
In Good Time, Connie (Pattinson) loves his disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie) more than any other thing in his life and looks out for him almost to a fault. When Nick wants to be a part of one of Connie’s crimes in robbing a bank, things go expectantly sideways and everything after the fallout snowballs into worse and more dire situations.
I think that it’s pretty impressive that Benny Safdie can write/direct this movie with his brother and also convincingly play one of the lead characters with such depth and dimension. Kudos to him, especially because he usually confines himself to the writer/director role in movies and not in front of the camera. I thought he did a really good job as Nick.
The scene with the young and Connie made me really, really uncomfortable and I think it really hindered the movie and was unnecessary to the story to have it included in such a way. It really added nothing to the movie for the scene to go as far as it did other than to just make everyone feel uneasy about what was happening. The purpose of the young girl’s character could have added the same exact thing to the story without anything getting sexual.
Pattinson is the obvious star and bright spot of the movie but the overall tone and story of the movie are what allow him to excel overall. I think him looking kind of straggly and grungy helped his character tremendously and had you focused on the acting rather than him being a good looking dude.