GOOD TIME Blu-ray Review
Connie and his younger, mentally challenged brother Nick have the idea that they’re going to rob a bank for $65k. Connie is really pushing his little brother into this robbery and Nick only wants to make his brother happy. They pull off the robbery but when they open the bag, the dye pack goes off and explodes in the “getaway” car. With the car disabled and the money ruined, the pair tries to play it cool while getting away on foot. 2 cops that question the pair on the street, causing Nick to lose it and he runs. Nick is arrested but Connie gets away. He is sent to Riker’s Island until Connie can bail him out but he is about $10k short so he needs a new plan to get his brother out.
GOOD TIME is directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie. They have worked together on a number of projects together. From the trailer, it looks like the brothers are together a lot more than they are. Nick is locked up and out of the movie until the end. As far as Pattinson, he plays a good (for lack of a more appropriate word) dirtbag that uses everyone he possibly can. His character is conniving and you don’t like him but you want him to succeed because it’s for his brother.
Robert Pattinson – Connie Nikas
Jennifer Jason Leigh – Corey
Ben Safdie – Nick Nikas
Barkhad Abdi – Dash
Buddy Duress – Ray
Taliah Webster – Crystal
Necro – Caliph
The video is a 1080p AVC that maintains this gritty look that the filmmakers were looking to accomplish. There is a grain that makes the movie look like some kind of drug induced haze where Connie has to keep some sort of focus on his goals. There are moments where the details are sharp and in complete focus with a lot of the outlaying image being blurry. There are a lot of close up shots and the focus on the camera lens has a tough time locking down on the actors with all of the movement that’s happening. The movie is mostly set at night so there are a lot of dark scenes with blacks mixing in the faces and colors. The colors themselves are bright and have a beautiful brilliance against the inky blacks. Some of the contrasting struggle with the extreme changes but they look good overall. This, along with some grading, really gets the mood.
The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix and it does as promised. Only when outside do you get the speakers keeping the sound alive. However, the majority of the movie is indoors in a wide-variety of locations like inside the cars, the holding cell, the hospital and so on. The voices carry in whatever way that they are needed. The score is made up of bass and synthesizers that sounds awesome. It’s completely fitting for the movie to move things along. Voices and effects are clear as well as clean.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Audio Commentary: with Directors Benny & Josh Safdie, Producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, Actor Robert Pattinson, Actress Taliah Webster, and Actor Buddy Duress
-The Pure and the Damned: Good Time: This featurette has some interviews with the cast and crew.
-“The Pure and the Damned” by Oneohtrix Point Never featuring Iggy Pop
1 Blu-ray Disc
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
THE BOTTOM LINE:
GOOD TIME has a lot going on and does show that Robert Pattinson has some range. The movie is chaotic and has you wondering what can possibly happen next. The Blu-ray is decent and looks exactly how the filmmakers want it to. The audio is also good with the score being the biggest highlight of the mix. The extras are ok and aren’t anything special. Overall, I can recommend renting the movie first or if you caught it in theaters, pick it up.