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.
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.