Sunday, March 11, 2012

Killer Joe- SXSW U.S. Premiere

Killer Joe premiered for the first time in the United States tonight at the SXSW Austin Film Festival. The film was first seen at the Toronto Film Festival. Killer Joe has been perhaps the most bizarre movie of the festival so far. With such an outstanding cast, you don't expect it to be so odd, but it was. Although any movie which forces the audience to say "WTF" in astonishment as the credits begin to role has clearly done its job as a film.

This film features a great cast including Matthew McConaughey as Killer Joe Cooper, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Hayden Church, Gina Gershon, and Juno Temple. The film has oddly enough earned a NC-17 rating and while overall for the film that is surprising, there were a few scenes which I have to admit, I have never seen before.

The story evolves around a trailer trash family who needs money and the father and son decide to hire Killer Joe to kill the ex-wife and receive the insurance money when she dies. Madness ensues as payment becomes tricky and Killer Joe is just a wee bit crazy. No I am sorry- this guy is nuts!!! In some of the most bizarre and brutal scenes I have ever seen, Killer Joe finds a way to settle his payment arrangement with the trailer trash family.

The movie was really good. While there were parts- one part in particular involving fried chicken- that made you wonder just what exactly was happening, it was still entertaining. The cast all played their parts beautifully and it lived up to its genre of the blackest of comedies. If you have a strong stomach and entertained by the weird and dark, then you will enjoy this move. I give it 4 stars out of 5. Honestly another great rental, which may be all you can do if it retains its NC-17 rating anyway!

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