Watch ‘Red State’ Right Now


I’m having trouble figuring out how to start this review of what I think is a perfect movie. A bold opening sentence, I know, but any accurate synopsis would spoil so much of what makes Red State great that my writing one would do all five of you reading this blog a disservice.

“But what’s so perfect about it, yo?” you wonder. “If you were a good writer, you could make your point without spending so much time focusing on how difficult you’re finding it to make your point.”

Shut up.

Red State is perfect for the same reason any Perfect Movie is perfect: It starts strong, gets better, then ends. A simple formula, really, but few films even aim for that let alone pull it off. So many movies these days rely on huge set pieces, mind-blowing action sequences, and high-concept drama that they blow their loads early. Everything after the Great Part lags. You yawn. Check your phone. Tweet about the cool bits.

Red State starts with a strong small-town horror set up, then takes one unpredictable turn after another, each better than the last, and ends sharp. The characters are (sometimes frighteningly) believable and the acting couldn’t have been any better (especially from Michael Parks [as Fred Phelps meets David Koresh] and John Goodman). Throw a little cultural commentary into the mix and you’ve got yourself a Perfect Movie.

 

Watch it on Netflix, guys. Seriously.

 

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About Jam Batt

I enjoy cream soda.

Posted on 10.18.11, in Movies, Netflix Pics, Perfect Movies, Review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. JimJam Productions

    I’m watching it tonight. We’ll see if I agree with you.

  2. I walked into the movie thinking it was a straight horror movie. If I would have read a review I would have at least known Smith was after something larger. I enjoyed the first bit then about when Goodman entered I lost focus. Given I was drunk expecting a gory horror movie but there was sooo much dialogue. Maybe Ill have to check it out again sober knowing what I’m getting into.

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