Last night I laid in bed butt naked due to the unbearable heat and hunted through my Netflix trying to find a good film, but damn it's hard to find a decent film. Eventually, however, I found an independent Netflix film and what a hidden gem it was.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a dark, comical, and offbeat movie and it's such a joy to watch. The story is simple yet told very well, the characters are brilliant and they're what makes you want to continue watching. From the beginning to end, you're zapped into this story and you don't want to do anything else but watch it.
The main character which the story revolves around is Ruth (played by Melanie Lynskey), a depressed woman. She works has a nurse and she's a socially awkward person who feels alone in the world and is being suffocated by her own sadness. Ruth is a good person but she lives in world full of badness and she's hurt daily by people emotionally. What sparks the story is when her home is robbed and she embarks on a vigilante mission to retrieve her stolen stuff and to deliver justice. You relate to what Ruth is going through because she's trying to be happy and continue being a good moral person but people just constantly bring her down. The other character is Ruth's neighbor Tony (played by Elijah Wood) who comes off has an obnoxious douchebag but in truth he has a lot in common with Ruth. Tony is a loner, he has no friends, he reads the same book series has Ruth, and just a social outcast.
Ruth and Tony go on a mission together and it's so delightful to watch these characters' relationship develop; they learn things about each other and realise they're both similar. Tony is not obnoxious, he's just a strange outcast and he's even religious; at first, it seems Elijah Wood is out of place in his role but once you give him a chance Elijah is fantastic. Tony helps Ruth be happy and Ruth helps Tony to not be such a loner, however, their relationship evolves into something more affectionate and caring.
Other characters include the sadistic Christian (played by Devon Graye) who in one scene in the beginning of the film stares at himself in the mirror with such an evil smile. Other characters include small time crooks Dez and Marshall (played by Jane Levy and David Yow). The ending to this film is jaw-dropping if you're a fan of Tarrantino, Scorsese, or Nicolas Winding Refn, then you'll defiantly enjoy the ending just like me. The ending to the story turns into realistic bloody violence and even gore, the shootout is spectacular and the conclusion to the story is a happy one.
Overall this film was a blast and one of the best films I've seen in a long while; a spectacular simplistic story which feels very real and human with wonderful characters and an ending with gorgeous realistic violence.
Without a doubt I give this gem an A+