The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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David Cross, who also wrote the script, is content to come across like a grumpy old man. His comedy is one-note, furious, and fun-enough
[A] modest, focused directorial debut ...
While the film is well-intended and scores points for skewering disposable idolatry, it seems off the mark, murky, about its acerbic message.
The satire of self-satisfied, opportunistic Brooklynites is cutting, but it lacks the humanity afforded the upstate characters, and quickly repeats itself, seemingly by design.
All the low-hum, behavioral buffoonery gets a bit tedious.
In the end, the effort of sussing out this satire's attitude seems silly for the fact that its jokes just aren't funny enough.
Looking back on this 2014 viral fame satire from the vantage point of 2018, it's still not a great comedy. But it is a prophetic one.
Cross's debut as a feature film writer/director focuses on this bleak social intersection, with encouraging (though discouraging) results.
While it's nice to see Cross in the director's chair, it's a disappointment that Hits' satirical highs are undercut by a series of uninteresting scenarios.
Cross faces the rather challenging task of sustaining a narrative that dislikes pretty much every character that inhabits it. But that's also what makes the film audacious - you've got to admire Cross's consistency.
Flat and formless in execution.
Just about every other element of Hits, from its eagerness to snigger at the expense of small-town yokels to its sneering disdain for YouTube, leaves a sour taste.
Interesting, but in the end, not substantial enough to hold interest. Too many characters, and too many really good actors under used in tiny bit parts (Julia Stiles, for example). Follows the lives of various people, probably could have focused on just one or two and dropped the rest (baby lady would have been a good one to lose).
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