Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Voices (2014)

Voices is an underrated, dark, and twisted comedy - words simply cannot describe the nuances and eccentricity of this movie.

The main focus of Voices is mental health; while it does justice to and never undermines this important topic, it remains funny and unpredictable throughout the 104-minute runtime of the movie. Marjane Satrapi - author and director of Persepolis (2007) - does a phenomenal job switching gears from dark dramatic scenes to lough-out-loud moments in a span of seconds. The cast, particularly Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, are perfect in their roles. Ryan Reynolds' character is an innocent man-child who suffers from schizophrenia, and as a result, deals with 5-10 imaginary characters. This is by far Ryan Reynolds' best acting performance to date.

I accidentally stumbled upon this title while browsing the Netflix catalogue. It's a pity that this movie has not received the recognition it deserves. I'm not sure if it has a cult following, but it certainly deserves one... This is a movie that needs to be visually experienced (the ending number alone justifies sitting through the film). I give it a 9.5/10.

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