Title – I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
Director – Macon Blair (feature debut)
Cast – Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, Devon Graye
Plot – After her home is broken into, quiet natured nursing assistant Ruth (Lynskey) teams up with her fellow neighbourhood resident, outcast Tony (Wood) and the two set out to discover and punish those responsible for Ruth’s privacy invasion.
“The world is bigger than your silverware”
Review by Eddie on 17/07/2017
A curious little Sundance winner from Macon Blair, who has graduated from turns in indie’s like Blue Ruin and Green Room, the Netflix released I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a darkly humorous and claret spilling affair that doesn’t seem too quite know what to do with the potential at its disposal, whilst culminating its bizarre run in rather unmemorable circumstances.
Recruiting well regarded indie darlings Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood (sporting an early contender for years worst movie haircut), Blair has assembled an able bodied cast too enact out his dark vision of a violent and unloving world, in which Lynskey’s Ruth finds her life turned upside down by a home invasion, only to strike up a friendship with fellow neighbourhood weirdo in the form of Wood’s Tony, who wants to help her track down those responsible for the invasion of privacy and while early parts in particular of Blair’s almost Coen Brothers-ish work strike some hilariously awkward and boundary pushing moments, it’s about half-way through this journey that we realise the destination is in trouble of not being worth the journey.
No doubt limited by budget restraints, Anymore starts to wear out its welcome once Ruth and Tony’s adventure takes a turn for the more bloodthirsty and while these over the top moments of stabbings, shootings and star throwing provide some fairly cheap laughs, not to mention a scene stealing vicious snake, it can’t help mask the fact that Anymore is finding it hard making its voice known as the whole reasoning behind Ruth’s plight is muddied amongst all the oddball humour and strange characters.
Making the most of their opportunities however are Lynskey and Wood, who both seem to be having a blast enacting out their socially awkward pairing. Wood in particular hasn’t had this much fun in many a moon and the seemingly ageless performer steals most the films best scenes as Tony goes all out in his quest to help Ruth on her way to redemption. Whenever Wood is on screen, Anymore feels like a wholly more accomplished picture, even if Blair’s unique vision should be commended for its goal in bringing about something a little left of centre.
Final Say –
Disappointing in that it feels like it could’ve easily provided us a little more, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a directional outing that suggests Blair has the possibility of living out a neat career behind camera but while his strange journey here has moments of brilliance and a neat double act of impressive lead performances, it shows there is still quite a way to go before his storytelling comes full circle.
2 ½ throwing stars out of 5