Give the movie a chance, these voices demand to be heard. Sometimes may feel like its struggling to get settled into what it's really looking to achieve, although that could well be by design as it does add a frantic, impulsive edge to the film. Despite committed performances, The Voices can never transcend the inherent problems in its screenplay. Visually, the film's amazing, blending the everyday with more fantastical elements in a small-town, blue collar version of the fairy tale Iranian landscape in Chicken with Plums.
Those that are on-board with its distressing comedy will find both an acute exploration of mental illness and the makings of a cult classic. Very dark comedy about a psychotic man hearing his animals talk and channeling it in murdering women. The story starts out somewhat light-hearted with the talking cat and all, but gets more gloomy by the minute.
While that was the creators' intention, it's hard to enjoy the result. It's too tragic to laugh and to funny to be emotionally invested. It doesn't help that the film ends with a musical performance by the characters, alive and dead. In , director Marjane Satrapi delivered the autobiographical, coming-of-age animation Persepolis. It garnered her an Oscar nomination, making her the first woman to receive a nomination in the Best animated category.
Foreign language films, Chicken with Plums and The Gang of the Jotas followed after but these two films slipped under the radar. Now, though, she tackles the American market with a blackly comic, serial killer tale. Jerry Ryan Reynolds is a likeable and charming factory worker who, with the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist Jacki Weaver , plucks up the courage to ask his co-worker Gemma Arterton out on a date. However, when she stands him up, Jerry looks to his household pets for advice and things start to take a much more sinister turn.
I suppose I should put my hands up and express my feelings when it comes to Ryan Reynolds. To be honest, I've never been a fan. He's one of those actors that seems to rub me up the wrong way even though he hasn't done anything of particular note that would lead me to feel such disdain towards him.
The Voices is a black comedy horror film. Directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton. A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date. Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick. Jerry / Mr. Whiskers (voice) / Bosco (voice) / Deer (voice) / Bunny Monkey (voice).
That's exactly why I nearly avoided this film altogether. That said, credit where it's due. Reynolds is absolutely brilliant in The Voices and he plays a huge part in making the film work. He displays a whole myriad of emotions and shows good range in doing so.
He plays Jerry like the clean-cut, boy next door but it isn't before long that he shows a nervousness and social dysfunction with sadness and anger eventually culminating into a brooding danger. That's before we even get to the fact that he provides the voices to his pets which add a lot of welcome humour.
His dog Bosco is an adorable docile support to him, while his cat, Mr. Whiskers is a malevolent manipulator. At first, it seems that Reynolds doing the voices of the animals is nothing more than a gimmick but there's a moment within the film where the cracks of his character appear and the voices shift from being a gimmick to a being an essential part of the plot. It makes perfect sense and transpires to be a very clever decision. Their voices could have been provided by someone else but the fact that it's Reynolds adds a very important element to the film.
Despite the macabre material, though, the film is also genuinely hilarious at times and Satrapi also uses many flamboyant touches to bring a really colourful palette to its darkness. It possesses the type of humour that wouldn't be out of place in the hands of the Coen brothers while also managing to deliver on the more twisted elements that they are known for. This is a film that could quite easily fall prey to being tonally uneven but the script is really sharp and Satrapi's handling of the different tones are near seamless.
It's an ambitious gamble from the director but it's one that she manages to pull off. Jerry has a workplace crush on an English woman named Fiona. She stands him up to go to a karaoke party with two other women from work, Lisa and Alison. After, Fiona's car won't start, leading her to flag down Jerry as he drives by. Jerry accidentally hits a deer which crashes through his windshield.
Jerry's hallucinations show the deer convincing Jerry to cut his throat. Jerry does as told. Fiona, terrified, runs off into the woods. Jerry chases her to explain but ends up tripping over Fiona, and accidentally stabbing her. As Fiona starts gurgling blood, Jerry tearfully apologizes for hurting her and that he loves her. To end her pain, Jerry stabs her again, and she dies. Upon returning home, Bosco suggests he has to go to the police and confess, while Mr. Whiskers says there is no shame in killing, but insists Jerry needs to dispose of the body.
Jerry collects Fiona's body but leaves a bloody shoe and pile of organs.
He dismembers Fiona, placing her innards in numerous Tupperware containers and her decapitated head inside his fridge. Fiona then demands Jerry take his medication. Jerry takes his pills, and the next day, he experiences nightmares of his abusive past. When he wakes up his hallucinations have ended; his pets no longer speak to him, his apartment is a mess, with animal waste littering the floor, garbage, and blood all over his kitchen. Fiona's head is cold and rotting. He throws away the pills in terror, and the next morning, his hallucinations return and his happy life is back to 'normal'.
Fiona tries to convince Jerry to kill another being so she has a friend. Jerry asks Lisa on a date. He takes her to his abandoned childhood home, where it is revealed his German mother had confessed to her insanity and was about to be taken away by the authorities when he was a child. When they arrived, she decided to commit suicide by trying to slit her throat, but couldn't do it herself and so she begged Jerry to finish the job to end her suffering. The police found Jerry standing over his dead mother and he was committed instead.
Jerry sobs in front of Lisa, who comforts him. They go to her house and spend the night together. Lisa goes to Jerry's house. Despite pressure from Mr. Whiskers, Jerry refuses to kill her. The most hilarious, somewhat suspensful and somewhat good-feeling I dunno Never before in my life have I been able to laugh so hard and also feel that chill down my spine.
Outstanding performances in and out. Duskspark Feb 8, Ryan Reynolds is a terrific actor, and Jerry in "The Voices" might be his best performance yet. Wonderfully weird and psychologically twisted, "The Voices" is a mix between "Filth" and "Donnie Darko" with its own personality. A minute after the trailer for The Voices started I wanted to see the film. So I was waiting for it to premiere in Paris. I hoped that more of the cast would come but I was glad to see Marjane Satrapi. I know Reynolds is shooting Deadpool so he gets a pass, as for Aterton I know she has her A minute after the trailer for The Voices started I wanted to see the film.
I know Reynolds is shooting Deadpool so he gets a pass, as for Aterton I know she has her musical but London is a mere two hour train ride away she could have made an effort. Anyway, Satrapi quickly spoke about how the movie came about.
Persepolis and her Oscar nomination for it changed her life. Her American agent offered a lot of projects that she wasn't feeling but to me it sounds like they sort of put her in a box. But The Voices was different and refreshing from what she had dine so far, so she went for it and in my opinion it was a good decision.
The movie is hilarious, quirky and very entertaining. The Voices could be a mix between Dexter and a good comedy. It's charming and pulls you into the madness with a wicked sense of humor. The director did an amazing job in delivering a good horrish comedy. I expected the comedy but I was surprised by how dark and depressing the movie gets. The focus shifts between reality and fantasy, which makes for very colorful shots that lightens the mood. Bosco, the dog, and Mr. Whiskers, the cat, are just gems.
They are the movie's representation of the devil and the angel appearing over a cartoon character's shoulders. They simply steal the movie, that's how funny they are. So The Voices is colorful and dark at the same time.
She directed the movie and she actually made the whole film for me serious. World Cinema Dramatic Competition". Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! A black comedy mashup between Psycho, Dexter and Dr. I expected the comedy but I was surprised by how dark and depressing the movie gets. Persepolis and her Oscar nomination for it changed her life.
It gets real but it's fun.