I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017)

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Critic Consensus: I don't feel at home in this world anymore. transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.

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Fed up with the human indecency she sees around her and set off by her home being burglarized, Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) teams up with her martial arts-crazed neighbor (Elijah Wood) to exact vengeance. However, the duo soon finds themselves deep into a world they know little about. Macon Blair directed this crime thriller.

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Blair's film is like Blood Simple crossed with The Three Stooges-a clever, gritty tale of revenge at its most inept, anchored by performances that brim with goofy fury.

Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…

What's delightful about "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" ... is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions about humanity even as it confirms them.

Feb 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is worth seeing for its interest in eccentric but realistic people, in particular Ruth, who's played with great intelligence and exactness by Lynskey.

Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] darkly comic thriller ...

Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It would be easy to look at the title of this stellar oddball indie -- a film buckling with distinctly American rage, splattery violence and plenty of dark laughs -- and find a certain timeliness.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's one of those classic Sundance cases of a film being more 'promising' than anything else, although I suspect some will take to this gritty thriller as is, and forgive its flaws completely.

Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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Dark and interesting film from Macon Blair who shines as a filmmaker to watch. The film is exactly why Netflix should be stiicking to the indie niche market, this is a film that would struggle to find an audience in the mainstream market. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters, they are far from the one dimensional type. Lynskey is the key to the films success, she doesn't have that glamour Hollywood fake persona and she dives head first into a film with layered depth. Wood is relegated to a mere support role but this is another solid performance and he creates so much with so little. That finale is confronting and suits the level of craziness that is building up from the initial robbery. 03/11/2018.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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½

The film is not only one tiny step away from being laugh-out-loud funny but also wastes too much unnecessary time focusing on the robbers, but even so it works quite well as it grows from being a quirky indie little comedy into something unexpectedly explosive in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Netflix has done nothing but find itself on the uphill throughout the past few years. Recently gaining the rights to a long-awaited Martin Scorsese picture, there is no sight of them slowing down anytime soon. Not only are they providing the majority of the most talked about television shows on the planet, but they have recently had quite a few releases in their library of feature films. One of their latest (which was also an indie darling at festivals), I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, is definitely one worth talking about. There are films out there that are just downright bizarre, and then there are films like this who have bizarre things happen throughout it, making an average story much more interesting. Although messy, here is why I believe it deserves your time. Whether you are talking about Riggs and Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon or Angel and Butterman in Hot Fuzz, the number of times that a buddy film is released each year will be endless. Having Elijah Wood team-up with Melanie Lynskey is however a whole new level of strange. Following Ruth, a lonely woman who has her home invaded and robbed, she very quickly chooses to hunt down the people who did this. Gaining the help from an odd man who walks his dog past her house on a daily basis, this film very quickly transforms into a buddy film of sorts. Sprinkled with some dark comedy and some very exciting sequences, I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore was much more enjoyable than I was expecting. Elijah Wood is no stranger to cinema, having starred as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but ever since his fame throughout those films, his career has taken a huge dive into the independent realm. Usually actors have been found in independent films, launching themselves into Hollywood fame. In the case of Elijah Wood, it's the exact opposite. Having decided to do much smaller and more personal stories, his career has become more subdued, which I can do nothing but commend. His portrayal of this weirdo, kung-fu obsessed man is an absolute blast to see on-screen, although his character really doesn't fit the tone of the overall film in my opinion. That being said, he is the best part of the film. While I won't go as far as to say that the core character of this film (Ruth) is particularly that of the one in Joseph Campbell's A Hero's Journey, I will say there are certainly some elements present. From being a loner, to just wanting to retrieve what was stolen from her, to being able to hold a gun and defend herself, her arc can become pretty outrageous. Melanie Lynskey gives a very believable performance here and that is truly what held my interest. If the performances throughout this film didn't feel sincere, I wouldn't have found myself enjoying this premise very much, due to the fact that it becomes completely insane by the end of the third act. In the end, at just over 90 minutes, this film should feel like a breeze, but it really feels just as tedious as its ridiculous title. Having a pretty intriguing premise and characters that hold your interest the entire duration, I can say that I had a good time watching I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, but I really don't think there is enough meat to this story as a whole. The writing is solid, the direction is commendable for such a low budget, and the character arcs are pretty well flesh out, but I was left hoping for a little more when the credits began to roll. I can't ever see myself revisiting this film, due to how outrageous and forgettable the ending is, but it's nice for a one-time viewing experience. Overall, it's definitely not a must see, but you probably won't regret watching it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

We are living in the era of the assholes. People just being dicks to one another for, literally, no good reason other than just because. We all know why that is. It has been obvious, since mid-November why that is and it has only intensified since last month. People are gonna be assholes, which is a shame, because I can at least ignore them, but they still have to keep on living being a piece of shit. Which is where this movie comes in. Granted, it's not like this movie has its lead characters going around murdering shitty human beings, this isn't Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America. Thought I think it could have worked that way if they decided to rebrand the narrative. No, as it stands, our main character, Ruth, after thieves broke into her house, stole her laptop, her grandma's silverware and some medication, decides to take matter into her own hands and find the people responsible. She comes to this conclusion after she finds that the local police aren't really doing much to help find those responsible. She teams up with one of her neighbors, Tom, a martial arts buff who own nunchakus and ninja stars at his disposal to help her on her mission. The film is certainly about Ruth and Tony following the bread crumbs in order to find out who was responsible for the theft, but, and I wasn't really even expecting this, the film focuses more on Ruth and Tony's friendship. It's not even like they're in love with each other, because I think that would have been the wrong approach, particularly with the film's narrative being fairly dark, particularly in its third act. But Ruth and Tony's friendship, to me at least, is the real driving force of the film. Yes, of course, finding out who stole Ruth's belongings is a very important part of the flick, but it's not the end-all, be-all. It also helps when Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood have some serious chemistry with each other. They're so fucking good together, seriously. And it might not even be something that you pick up while actually watching the film, it's something that I noticed after the film ended. They are phenomenal together, I really do mean that. Their chemistry might be a little more subtle than, say, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's in The Nice Guys, but they're just as good. The film does have some flaws, of course, I thought the pacing for the narrative could have used a little tightening. I don't wanna say that parts of the film felt like they were going nowhere, but some scenes took their sweet time. This being Macon Blair's debut as a writer/director that can be excused. But the dialogue is really fucking strong and, outside of those minor hiccups, the narrative is really well-written. It's obvious that he's been taking pointers from Jeremy Saulnier (director of Green Room and Blue Ruin, both excellent films) and it's noticeable. Particularly during its third act, where the film really kicks it into next gear. Let's just say things get a little violent. What I like about the movie is that, even though Tony and Ruth find themselves deeper into the rabbit hole, the movie still keeps its feet planted firmly on earth. They don't uncover a giant sex trafficking ring or anything of the sort. Their journey leads them to some unexpected places, but it's still believable within its own context. The movie also has a healthy dose of dark humor. It's not as if the movie is hilarious, but the comedy helps keep things from getting too serious. I think Netflix needs to keep scouring film festivals and scooping up good independent films like this. Some of their truly original work, as in they hire someone to produce content exclusively for them hasn't led to the best of films if I'm being honest. Their original series have better track records. I think they're making the effort as they just picked up distribution rights for Scorsese's reunion with Robert De Niro. So that's good for them, but they need to get more films like this. And not even films, stylistically like this, just any good film. There's plenty of them out there and Netflix could be doing more to bring them to their site. But this is a start. It's a very good start and, hopefully, a trend of picking up strong independent movies develops. As it stands, as much as I thought this fell just short of great, I legitimately loved this. I really did. There's very little to dislike about this movie, so I would definitely highly recommend this if you've got the time.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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