Movie Review: Good Time
Good Time tells the story of Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) who convinces his mentally disabled brother, Nick Nikas (Benny Safdie), to help him rob a bank. They get the money and get out of the bank but are pursued by the police. Connie is able to get away but leaves Nick behind. Nick ends up in jail and on bail but, due to his disability, he lacks the ability to interact appropriately with other inmates. This puts Nick in severe danger and Connie is aware of this.
Connie becomes desperate to save his brother and is willing to whatever is necessary to raise the money required to bail his brother out of jail. This takes Connie on a wild ride as he discovers just how far his desperation can take him and how far he will go in order to save his brother.
The Pros & Cons
Robert Pattinson (+10pts)
The Patient (-4pts)
The Plot (-10pts)
Pro: Robert Pattinson (+10pts)
The best thing, about Good Time, is it's lead actor, Robert Pattinson. The subtle crazyness and intensity, that he brought to the screen, was absolutely captivating. This character is smart, angry, and violent. With every word, and through every scene, Robert Pattinson maintained the rage that was boiling beneath the surface of this character and it was so compelling to watch.
I was not a fan of this movie, but Robert Pattinson kept my focus till the end. Robert Pattinson magnetized the audiences attention with an absolutely captivating performance.
Con: Slow (-6pts)
Do not let the trailer fool you. This movie defines the term "slow burn". So much of this film is spent showing seemingly random scenes where the main character sits with his own anxiety. See the incredible scenes that include the m character: sitting with a young girl watching the news, sitting in front of a tv watching white noise while dying his hair, and sitting in a car while listening to a random criminal talking about his problems. Note the sarcasm in the previous sentence.
Do not get me wrong, this movie has some intense moments, but they are connected by a very slow moving plot.
Pro: Intensity (+4pts)
Like I said, this movie has some intense moments. During the shocking and action packed moments, this movie is incredibly intense. Most of this can be credited to the stellar performance by the lead actor but credit also has to be given to the gritty nature in which the film was shot. When this movie hits a big plot point, the film will have you on the edge of your seat due to its intensity. During the plot lulls, the film does its best to maintain that intensity but unfortunately ends up fizzling out a bit.
Do not let that hide the fact that this film absolutely nails the intensity during the big plot points.
Con: The Masked Patient (-4pts)
I do not want to explain this character too much because I do not want to spoil the moment in the film. However, this character pops up and gets significant focus despite being completely meaningless to the plot. The character initially claims to not know how they wound up where they did. The very next sentence, out of the character's mouth, begins his origin and explains (in the character's own words) exactly how he got there.
I wish the film gave so much more character development to the two main characters. The two brothers are the heart of this film and give so much weight to the premise of the film, but at the same time, the brothers get very little character development. Due to this, I was a bit disappointed by "the masked patient" getting as much focus as he did.
Pro: The Brothers (+5pts)
The brothers were the emotional center of this movie. Nick Nikas is mentally disabled and finds himself in prison after attempting a bank robbery with his brother. The Connie Nikas is the mastermind behind the heists and is incredibly protective of his mentally disabled brother.
This movie is at it's absolute best when these two characters are on screen together. Connie's compassion towards his brother is a perfect complement to Connie's intensity. It is clear Connie means well and it is clear that Nick trusts that Connie will keep safe. The two characters are interesting individually but the film is so much more entertaining when the two are interacting with one another.
Con: The Plot (-10pts)
This film's issues stem from the mess that was the plot. Who wrote this nonsensical script? On the surface, the film is about a man who is trying to put together enough money to get his mly disabled brother out of jail. That seems like a straightforward premise. That is until you realize that the main character was the one responsible for his brother being in jail. What were the two brother's motives in attempting the first heist? Why am I watching Robert Pattinson making out with a sixteen year old girl? Why am I watching this completely random character (the masked patient) and learning his backstory instead of either of the brother's?
This movie has a decent premise that anyone can get behind but it delivers a nonsensical plot due to a script that cares more about intensity than it does about creating a good story.
Grade: C- (74pts)
Critics love this movie an I very honestly do not know why. Sure, Robert Pattinson was outstanding in the film and I cannot argue anyone that says he deserves Oscar recognition. This movie also does a good of ramping up the intensity during major plot points. Where the movie loses steam is connecting the major plot points.
The main plot of the film is atrocious. It is filled with nonsensical scene after nonsensical scene where the Connie has meaningless interactions with meaningless characters. This would be forgivable if the film maintained interest between the major plot points, but it just feels slow.
If I had to summarize my review with one sentence, then I would say: Slow, random, and weak plot with some intensity and a great performance from the lead actor. I do not recommend heading to the theaters to see this movie. I do not recommend renting the film, so maybe stream it on Netflix, but do not waste your money. There are better movies out there.