Friday, May 16, 2014

God's Pocket

With a cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles), John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Gerety, how could any film buff not be stoked for this movie?  I know it's been on my must see list since it premiered in January at Sundance.  The problem is, films that have great written all over them can often disappoint.  'God's Pocket' about a group of down-on-their-luck nobodies in a blue collar town, is heavy on talent but light on script, which was cowritten by 'Mad Men's John Slattery, who directed the film as well.  There's a good story to be told here, but it just seems like there weren't enough rewrites to really make it something special.  It's fine, but it's not worthy of being one of Hoffman's final performances.

'God's Pocket' is in limited release in theaters and also available at home on Video on Demand.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  If you're as big a fan of the cast as I am, and like indie dramas it's worth seeing.  But keep your expectations low.

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