We review this week's other cinematic offering, The Gift.
|"They do not realize how|
aroused I am right now."
In The Gift, this theme is masterfully explored with Jason Bateman putting in one of the best performances of his career. He has been typecast as a dry-humored, snarky pseudo-straight man in the past, but he is outstanding as Simon—a man who has a past he would like to forget. Joel Edgerton is absolutely creepy as “Weirdo Gordo” a former childhood classmate who reconnects with Simon after he and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move back to his hometown. Thus begins a sequence of events that slowly but surely spiral out of control. The pace of the film is absolutely glacial, but it builds up the suspense perfectly. Every character is well written and multi-dimensional with layers that peel back as the film progresses.
|"Just another Random House scam!!"|
The few negative aspects are a couple of lazy jump scare moments and a bland score. The music was just…there. I wish it would have had more of a tangible presence, because it would have really enhanced the atmosphere. These are small quibbles though, and overall it’s still a strong film. This is Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut (he also wrote the screenplay) and it’s amazing that he wears these many hats so well. I’m interested to see what his future projects will be. The Gift is a sleeper film that will most likely fly under the radar for a lot of moviegoers, but it is well worth the time to give it a watch.