When was the final time a film shocked you?
We’re not speaking a couple of torrent of blood and guts, or the umpteenth inconceivable plot twist. Imagine a scene that utterly catches the viewer off guard.
We get such a second within the Scandinavian import “Good Boy,” one of many yr’s nastiest surprises. The much less mentioned concerning the story, the higher, however simply realize it touches on courting mores, cultural upheaval and, after all, the oldest canard within the courting handbook.
Must love canine.
Sigrid (Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen) simply needs to fulfill a pleasant man, and he or she thinks she struck gold with Christian (Gard Løkke). He’s tall, good-looking, a whiz within the kitchen and, as she learns later, obscenely wealthy.
There’s only one catch (and there at all times is, proper?).
Christian lives with a grown man who pretends to be a canine named Frank. Yes, Frank wears a furry blue/grey canine costume full with a snout. It’s not remotely convincing, however his fixed panting and constancy to the half certain is.
Deal breaker you say? Not to Sigrid, who’s a little bit of a large number however determined to be open to any new expertise. The movie’s commentary on courting tropes and our collective tolerance is scrumptious and understated.
Sigrid pushes ahead, spending extra time with Christian and even scratching Frank behind his pretend ears.
At this level, we crave extra details about the Christian-Frank dynamic, which is why the plot abstract portion of this overview is formally over.
Just know first-time filmmaker Scandinavian filmmaker Viljar Bøe tells his story with most effectivity whereas letting the important thing gamers reveal themselves in tantalizing bursts.
Sigrid is at all times late, spends an excessive amount of time on her cellphone and isn’t certain the place her research will take her. She’s nonetheless a form, soul open to nearly something.
That trait will come in useful.
Christian is a management freak, however there’s a disappointment to his immaculate exterior. It could clarify his distinctive residing association.
“Good Boy” unleashes its shock mid-movie, turning a tightly coiled curiosity right into a profoundly entertaining affair.
There’s a catch right here, too.
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The movie’s third act requires an excessive suspension of disbelief, however in the event you take into account the surreal setup it doesn’t take a lot effort. It’s far simpler to get misplaced within the story, one which feels vibrant and open to interpretation.
Is this a commentary on the male/feminine courting dynamic? Our willingness to simply accept nearly any cultural deviation for worry of being labeled a hater, or worse? Does “Good Boy” slay the PatriarchyTM much better than “Barbie” ever might?
It’s exhausting to get “Good Boy” out of your head. Even higher? It’s inconceivable to look away as soon as Frank enters the body.
HiT or Miss: “Good Boy” brims with meaty matters, all wrapped in a brisk, 80-minute tear.