After a week stuck in the house with the worst Strep Throat infection that I’ve had in years, I was eager to get out of the house. I opted to see David O. Russell’s Amsterdam, based on the cast and the fact that I usually like period films. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Zoe Saldaña, Rami Malek, and Robert DeNiro…how can you miss with a crew like that?
The film centers on three friends that get caught up in a murder mystery and end up uncovering a crazy conspiracy. Set in 1933, with an extended backflash to 1918, it’s quirky in its pacing and the plot is convoluted at times. However, the cast is able to overcome that, playing off each other perfectly. You can just tell that they were having fun making the film. The dialogue is clever, and I look forward to revisiting it to grab some of the good snippets. The sets, costumes, and cinematography are a treat.
It’s a fun, quasi-historical romp that focuses on the importance of love and friendship. I couldn’t peel my eyes from the screen, and it elicited actual chuckles at times. There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.
When the credits started rolling, I stood up to leave, but Givēon’s “Time” made me sit right back down. That dude’s voice over the composer’s score was beautiful. I added it to my Apple Music Library before I left the parking lot. Click HERE to give it a listen…You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: 8/10 Prosthetic Eyeballs