Film Review of Joshua Safdie & Benny Safdie’s Good Time

You can subject people to much unease and anticipation with color. It doesn’t matter how you want to see it. You see what’s there – and it’s gritty, uncomfortable, and hypnotizing. Good Time, starring Benny Safdie and Robert Pattinson, is a picturesque film. It’s about Connie’s (Robert Pattinson) desperate and conflicted and bizarre journey, all squeezed into a single night, to get his brother, Nick (Benny Safdie) back.

Both characters have sharp and unforgettable personalities. Connie is the ardent and possessive brother shielding Nick from the “real world.” Ironical as that is since Connie takes him through a bank robbery in the most sophisticated way possible. Subtle cues indicate the desperation and thrill of such an endeavor. And yet, Nick remains detached perhaps unconscious of the aftermath of such a crime. Here you realize Nick’s allegiance to his brother, Connie.

I’d like to go a bit further and urge you to understand why Connie is how he is. You’d expect such a ruthless and devil-may-care human to not have a relatable element. But in this film, there comes a moment when Connie slips into human skin. You weigh him by his words, his actions, and then, as soon as he slips out of it, you don’t see him the way you did just a few minutes back. This quick and powerful transformation happens in a matter of minutes. So penetrating that even his silence, at the end of the movie, is monumental.

What’s certainly gripping about Good Time is the cinematography. It has a conscious and psychotic breath. It puts you right in the driver’s seat. Only it’s a car with just an accelerator and no steering wheel. The film wants to you feel that same thrill, fear, and trepidation you’d feel on such a journey.