Friday, June 21, 2013
Killer Joe (2011): I'll Have Some More Of That K Fried C, Please!
From William Friedkin (The Exorcist) comes a film that is raw, blasphemous, and not at all what I was expecting. I heard about it here and there, but never really knew what the plot was...only that Matthew McConaughey was the title character.
Well. Hmm... What can I say except this may be one of the strangest movies I have seen in the last five years or so. It is completely irreverent and ridiculous. It reeks white trash and the characters are some of the most unlikeable in film history. And yet I couldn't take my eyes off of it. My husband said, as the credits were rolling, "that was one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen....but it sure as hell kept my attention." Which is exactly correct. You won't be able to stop watching, even though you'll have no idea by the end of the film, what conclusion you were supposed to draw. And I guess that's part of the fun - ??
Sure, Joe would be happy to take care of business for our dynamically defective duo, they just have to come up with $25,000. When you think about how ridiculous it even is to think about paying someone twenty-five grand to kill someone so you can get an insurance policy payout so you can then pay off your loan shark you see the craziness of the situation.
You see, A-dele's current boyfriend has fessed up that her insurance policy is worth fifty grand and Dottie is the sole beneficiary. Lucky for all of them, they've met Joe - who says it's easy-peasy to off mama, but you must follow all his rules. Unfortunately, rule number one is the twenty-five grand needs paid in advance.
Well hells bells! That "ain't gonna work" cause obviously they don't have that kind of money or Chris would just pay his fucking debt and there would be no movie.
And as you probably already deduced, things are not going to go according to plan in redneck-ville.
First off, Dottie isn't as stoo-pid as we are first led to believe. Secondly, sleazy Sharla has a secondary plot up her cooter (which incidentally she shows off in the first five minutes of the film, when she opens the trailer door wearing a short ratty t-shirt and nothing else.) Thirdly, Joe really is a debonair yet entirely cold-blooded killer. But as threatening as he is, he has unquestionable feelings for young Dottie.
I'm actually not sure if I recommend this film or not. I will say it is brilliantly directed and acted, with Matthew McConaughey being the star at the top of the tree. He exudes such quiet menace, while still being charming as hell. He truly gets into his roles, and though I may be chastised for this, I really feel he is an underrated actor. He totally makes this entire film - though Haden Church is always good for a laugh, and Juno Temple is very certainly a rising star we are sure to see much from in the future.
So while it may not have won rave reviews, it's worth a look. Especially for laughs and gasps of WTF caliber.
Just take my word for it and DO NOT eat chicken whilst you are viewing.