Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Bernie

Dir. Richard Linklater
Country: USA
Aus Rating: M15+
Running Time: 104mins

Small Town, USA, has been the setting of so many films centred on the dubious nature of “know thy neighbour” that it’s nice to see one come along that feels fresh, despite still working well within the wheelhouse of contemporary cinema. Director Richard Linklater has blended the mockumentary, the sun-kissed indie, the southern gothic, the Soderbergh farce, and the Jack Black comedy into something wholly fun, quirky, and yet stinging in its darkness. It manages to feel unique and different despite looking unambitious upon initial glance. It’s funny too, which certainly helps, and is benefited immensely by a wonderful cast of big names and unknowns that help make this Linklater’s freshest film in quite some time.

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