Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi
Written By: Michael R. Perry
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 43 min
The Voices is a little known film pushed out to VOD (video on demand), and a very limited theatrical run back in February 2015. Telling the story of a psychologically troubled, yet upbeat factory worker called Jerry (Ryan Reynolds). A pleasant enough guy, but someone who struggles with social interactions. For which he attends weekly meetings with his supervising psychotherapist, and takes medication. Or at least he supposed to, and his life starts to spiral out of control when his unmedicated mind conjurers up voices for his pet cat and dog. Who start to give him advice as the proverbial devil and angel on his shoulder.
I had heard good things about this film. I just wasn’t prepared for how deliciously twisted and wonderful it was. It is dark comedy at its screwed up best, made very watchable by a superb Ryan Reynolds’ performance, and Michael R. Perry’s funny script. The Voices does not play light with the central character’s mental issues either. This is troubling material no doubt, but the film in my opinion manages to strike the perfect tone between the central character’s vile deeds, and the humorous internal discussions he has about them. It’s a balance that’s incredibly difficult to achieve, but director Marjane Satrapi absolutely nails it!
If you love dark comedies, then I think you’ll enjoy this. The Voices is rated R for scenes of gruesome violence and sexual references.
This film will entertain on any size screen you care to watch it on.
Best Element: << mild spoiler >>
It cannot be understated how good Ryan Reynolds is in this film. I was shocked to read he also supplied the voices for the cat and dog. I was convinced the voice of the cat was Craig Ferguson, and the dog was Gary Busey!