God is D_ad

April 25th, 2010 § 0 comments

God is D_ad

God is D_ad benefits heavily from the I see what you were going for factor. The title does suggest a lot of what’s to come — not in its reference to Nietzsche’s largely misunderstood proposition; rather, the quote appears early in the film, never to be seen or heard from again.

I think it’s an OK road movie, with an interesting cast of characters. They’re a bit clich├ęd, but there’s enough divergence from the archetypes to keep things interesting. In particular, the strangely parasitic relationship between Tim’s sidekick, Bob, and the epileptic Lindy, has something uncomfortably authentic and human about it, and really doesn’t come to a resolution (which, I guess is nihilistic… kind of).

It’s entertaining, and you get the gist of where the filmmakers were going, but there are also situations and motives you just have to take their word on. An incident with a drifter builds up a sense of dread that evaporates without explanation. Scenes begin in new locations, and you have no idea how they got there. With animated sequences interspersed throughout the film we’re given glimpses of Tim’s fanatical vision of a Dungeons and Dragons scenario he hopes will win him a prize at a nerd convention (his whole reason for putting this trip together, though other characters have their own motives). We start with the assumption that these cut scenes coming from Tim’s POV, since he’s the damn protagonist, but the source seems to inexplicably shift to Lindy in the middle of the film!

Things like that make you wonder how much ended up on the cutting room floor, and whether any of it would have effectively connected any of these jarringly dissonant scenes. I had no sense of time or causality, but just had to accept it and move on.

The film relies on the intersecting arcs of Meredith and Alex to provide some dramatic heft, though the tone is too uneven to really utilize the tension. Tim has an arc, but it’s so abrupt and subjective that it’s easy to miss.

Nevertheless, I don’t think it’s a bad movie. It’s entertaining as long as you’re willing to suspend disbelief and fill in all the blanks.

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