#GoodTime is a fantastic insomniac crime comedy/thriller with the fully determined & daring #RobertPattinson. It’s like if “Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels” met “Trainspotting” and had a Red Bull-fueled baby. It’s entertaining through and through.
Directed by Josh and Ben Safdie, Robert Pattinson plays Constantine Nikas who commits a botched bank robbery that lands his younger brother in prison. The rest of the film shows Nikas’ dangerous attempt in a span of one crazy night just to get his brother out. Madness, mayhem and violence ensue as he also tries to evade the consequences of his actions.
I haven’t watched “Heaven Knows What,” but I am now definitely a big fan of the Safdie brothers after “Good Time” because their vision and craftsmanship are simply hypnotic. Not only do they play with neons and glows but also almost the entire time, the film is done with close-up shots which tightly frames the characters so much so that it intensifies the story’s unpredictability.
The characters in “Good Time” may not be quite as dumb as the characters in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedies, but they’re quite rudderless. Nikas knows that his main objective is his brother, but he doesn’t have a clear plan. He’s got bits and pieces of what can be considered close to a plan but for the most part, he just wings it, which makes this whole thing hilarious. It’s as if the script intentionally throws a curve ball at him every other five minutes or so, you see him encounter unexpected blunders, mostly of his own doing as he’s winging it from one cluster-mess after another. He’s always on the go. And Robert Pattinson is marvelous, some say this is his breakout performance, I say it’s the performance that no one else but him could play. Pattinson becomes this desperate loser, part of you empathizes with him but part of you wants to see him get what he deserves. “Good Time” is a helluva way to end this summer season at the movies.