Cert: 15 Runtime: 103 mins Director: Marjane Satrapi Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver
Wish I could help you Jerry… uuh, but I’m just a fish.
Marjane Satrapi amazed me in 2007 with Presepolis, to find out she was making her first english language film I was set. The downside being Ryan Reynolds was involved he has been making stinker after stinker for some time now. The feedback of The Voices was positive with critics but mixed with cinema goers. The trailer looked interesting, but it could flop big time. It’s on a very limited released but it can be watched on demand. What it The Voices about then? Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) seems likeable enough on the surface, but when he’s alone he starts hallucinating, believing that his pets are talking to him. That’s when the trouble begins and Jerry finds himself killing innocent people. But he’s caught in a Catch 22 – the anti-psychotic medication he’s prescribed stops him hallucinating, but it’s only when he’s on them that he’s forced to face the terrible reality of his crimes. Movie heartthrob Ryan Reynolds excels as the apparently harmless Jerry, who whiles away his non-killing hours working in a bathtub factory.
Ryan Reynolds has come back to form with The Voices he’s like a modern Norman Bates meets Doctor Dolittle. When you think of the plot, you would initially think this was going to bomb. But The Voices is just superb. It comes across as a comedy but it’s very dark! We are dealing with schizophrenia and it’s effect on people, Reynolds character is truly troubled. You may sniggle a laugh every now and again but the dark undertones do make this film a bit more stern. Ryan Reynolds character can be heavily empathised with, even though he is a killer. You can relate with his loneliness, and we all can admit that we talk to ourselves sometimes. Reynolds will hopefully continue the good work now. I am still stunned how well he did here. Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick were great inclusions to the cast, even with small roles they gave a great impact to the film. Even when they are talking heads in a refrigerator
Marjane Satrapi directed this movie with style and a sense of passion from other films or TV shows to make this movie and the main character. It’s very well shot, the swapping of apartments from using pills and not using pills was great. There was an interesting colour difference between reality and the medicated faze. The pacing of the film at times was bad it felt like it hit a wall a few times. But once it picks up momentum again it doesn’t stop. You couldn’t really see how the film was going. The movie itself is beyond weird and strange, but it’s the kind of strange that I look at and accept the strangeness because well I think the world and people are strange, because we are just ants living on a floating rock in the big galaxy, think about that. The ending is the strangest thing you will see in a long time, it’s weirder then the ending of This Is The End. The Voices is a great example of not to judge a film by it’s trailer. Watch it!