“This girl will be sure to come home tonight. I hope these assholes like hospital food. ”
history: Hutch Mansell is a typical suburban nebulous. Nobody takes him seriously, everyone passes him by, even his family doesn’t pay much attention to him, except for his adorable little daughter. All of that changes one night when burglars break into his house. He doesn’t do anything that disappoints his wife and son. That disappointment – along with years when everyone around him hasn’t done such subtle digs – flips its switch to the killer. Like who he was before he gave it up. Get ready; as Paul Thomas Anderson could say there become be blood.
Genre I would put it in: Surprise Badass Actioners
Remake, sequel, based-on or original: Original, although this was written by Derek Kolstad, the guy who brought us John Wick.
I must say: This movie is damn delightful. ((Literally) You will enjoy every second. I know because I did. Nobody is a wild ride with no seat belts and no quarters. There is violence at comic level here. No, scratch that; Manga-level violence. Batshit insane, “there’s no way this will actually work in real life” – level-level violence. Violence at the Mythbusters level. But that’s the fame of these types of films. We’re here for the good guy who gives a Class A punch to the bad guys. And boy, howdy Nobody deliver.
But first I have to come to you. I’ve never seen one before John Wick Movies. I heard about the puppy and couldn’t do it … and figured I’d miss some broadcasts on the sequels. I’ve seen parts and loved those parts. But good. Now you know. So if the creators of wick drop this movie in my lap? I couldn’t wait to see it. And I can’t wait to see it again. I am buying this one. No question.
Preparing for Hutch’s breakdown / rebirth into the killer he was is a slow burn. Director Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) causes a boiling boil at the beginning of the film with his quick edits (kudos to Evan Schiff and William Yeh for this Whipsmart edit) that show the passage of time and the monotonous repeatability of Hutch’s life. Writer Kolstad uses the first person narrative voice-over to communicate what Hutch is thinking, and the pitch black comedic feel of the dialogue pairs beautifully with what is going on (or about to doom) on screen. Cinematographer / DP Pawel Porgozelski (Midsummer) illuminates the darkest scenes and lets us see what happens while dirt and grime hit us even when shooting at night. I remember the cameraman’s triumphal act from Akira Kurosawa’s films Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saitô and Shôji Ueda. Porgozelski nails this level of color and darkness, brightness and blood.
Then there is Odenkirk. You saw it breaking Bad and Better call Saul, Yes? Sure you have. So you know this man can flip a switch like it’s nobody’s business. Odenkirk plays the unfortunate fool with dead seriousness through the first third of the film … and then pow. It’s cold as ice and deadly. Okay, so he needs a bit of time to warm up – the scene on the bus that starts his killer streak is full of missed opportunities and hits that Hutch takes and takes and takes. But just like Bruce Lee in a movie highlight, he gets it back after that blow, boy. It’s realistic as hell as it turns out almost as good as it gives. Nearly. And it is violence that in no way glorifies violence. It’s dirty, shaky, and messy. A fight that no one in their right mind wants to participate in. And that’s the point. That smile on Hutch’s face when he decides to let go? It’s scary, grateful, longs for liberation, and more than a little sad. He knows what’s going to happen and how it will change him. Although he longs to be released, he also fears it. Damn Odenkirk delivers here.
I saw this movie during a total downpour. It was a bleak, rainy day. I thought I would just sit back and let a movie wash over me. But in the first few minutes I was there for everything. And when the action started? I had no knowledge of anything other than what was going on on the screen. Nobody is the kind of movie that will pull you in and you will willingly go. Happy. Do you need some adrenaline right now? Yes you do. Here it is. You’re welcome.
#Protip: Have you checked out Bob Odenkirk’s Buff Bod? I really did (and boy, howdy, my soft body longs to hit the gym again …).