Nobody Walks Reviews
(2012) Nobody Walks
This movie is like the much more serious version of "Down And Out In Beverly Hills" except it's much more entertaining as a comedy than as a drama film. Co-written and directed by Ry Russo-Young starring Martine(Olivia Thirlby) who's just arriving to Silver Lake, LA to put some sound work into a film project regarding ants. And while there, sound guy, Peter (John Krasinski) whose married to someone Martine idolizes, her name is Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) starts hitting on her. And at the same time, Peter's assistant also has the hot's for her as well creating an un-authentic scenario. The more the movie is progressing, it became more ridiculous like the worst soap opera anyone has ever saw. The only character that offered a little bit of credibility is Rosemarie DeWitt and even she can't even save this movie.
1 star out of 4
"Nobody Walks" is a well-photographed film wherein I learned something about sound engineering for films. It also sports a very good cast, especially a usually underutilized Olivia Thirlby in the lead. It also has a sluggish pace. That might be to cover up how little it really has to say on the subject of how women are sexually harassed everyday. Part of that is due to a half-hearted approach that begins awkwardly enough with the opening sequence between Martine and a fellow passenger that because the movie joins them mid-conversation only serves to confuse matters. Plus, Martine is cast in the cliched role of domestic intruder, thus implying that some of it is actually her fault.
I thought the film was so so. I couldn't believe how short it was. It could have been a little longer. It needed a rewrite. I felt that it was unfocused at times. It kind of reminded me of movies like American Beauty and The Paper Man. I was surprised that Lena Dunham co-wrote it.
Krasinski does an ok job here. He has a good on screen chemistry with both DeWitt and Thirlby. DeWitt also does a good job here.
I say, see the film for Thirlby's performance.
This movie starts off strong. Then it all goes down into crap right in the middle of the movie. Everything was terrible. The wrap up, the cinematography was shot independent style and the it was an extremely slow pace Drama movie. Everyone should avoid this one. That's why it's only a half a star. It was unwatchable at the very end. I had to skip to the end credits when the movie only had twenty something or nineteen minutes left. Somewhere around that time frame I had to skip to the main credits. All in all, what could've been amazing, turned into crap right in the middle.
It's watchable, but I dunno how relateable it would be to everyone.
I tend to like movies that make you think. Movies that have vague and thought-provoking titles and astonishing photography, but this movie was too slow for me. Not much happened and you kept waiting to be dragged into the storyline but you never really were. A lot of the actors also looked the same which made it all confusing, trying to piece the people together and figuring out which relationship all the characters had with each other.
This movie didn't really tell you much, it lets you figure it out yourself. Sometimes that can be an advantage, but I found it being more of a disadvantage in this one. This might be one of those movies that you have to see more than once to fully understand it, but also to be able to appreciate it for what it is. But right now, I found it to be a disappointment, I didn't really feel anything for the characters and I pretty much ended up feeling empty.
This artsy and poetic film is about Martine- a young woman who comes to L.A. to finish work on an experimental art film. She is staying in the pool house of Peter and Julie, who are helping her out as a favor to a mutual friend of theirs and Martine's. Peter is a sound designer whose expertise could prove invaluable to Martine's project. But, her arrival shakes things up more than expected, and it becomes a situation that no one will emerge from unscathed.
I really wanted to like this film, because I thought it looked really engaging. Instead, this ends up being a slow, boring, meandering, and pretentiousness slog through a tedious melodramatic situation. It's artsy and poetic, but not really meaningful. It's adds up to basically nothing, and, for an 85 minute film, it's also got a really unnecessary subplot that could have been greatly condensed, if not axed completely.
The film is well shot, yeah, I'll give it that, but it's ultimately hollow and pointless. The characters are all pretty much unlikable, but yet, I thought that the performances were actually okay, which is a shame since the movie itself is awful. It's good to see John Krasinski expand his range, but it sucks that this is now a part of his legacy. Same with Olivia Thirlby. I've always dug her, but this is an embarrassment.
Rarely do I give reviews this negative, but I couldn't help it here. This was just a real disappointing chore to get through, and I really urge you to avoid it.
The acting was really good by the whole cast. Olivia Thirlby does a great job at capturing the subtlety of her character and added a lot to the story. John Krasinski was also a surprise as he could take a lot of the subtle humor moments and make them mean a lot more than just a cheesy joke. Last but not least, India Ennenga did a great job by creating a likeable character that the audience can root for when everything seems to be spiraling out of control. Definitely worth it to watch.