Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After Hours (1985)

IMDb plot summary: An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, and John Heard.

This movie is like.. if David Lynch decided he was going to direct a goofy farce.

I don't know, I just don't get it. I'm not sure I smiled, much less laughed, at any point during this movie. The madcap hijinks were less absurdly funny than nightmarishly horrifying, and I sympathized too strongly with our main character to be anything other than miserable along with him. I typically have no problem with dark comedies, but the attempted tone does not work for me at all here.

That being said, I really admired some of the aesthetics involved, particularly the visuals. The movie really looks great, with a very strong atmosphere and some very striking shots. But that's about all I could get into here.

1.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
After Hours < Red Eye
After Hours > Scrooged
After Hours < Dr. Strangelove
After Hours < Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
After Hours > Raging Bull
After Hours < On the Town
After Hours > Blue Valentine
After Hours > Along Came a Spider
After Hours > Lady in the Water
After Hours > Hiroshima mon amour
After Hours < Mud
Final spot: #1658 out of 2355.


Jandy said...

You and Nathan should have some kind of a pro/con versus on this film. I think it's still hovering near the top of his faves for his challenge.

Hannah K said...

I did have high hopes for it after remembering how much he loved it, because sometimes our tastes align pretty well. This is apparently not one of those moments.

Jandy said...

Well, I have trouble guessing BOTH of your tastes, so I guess you both have unpredictability down. :)