For me, very few things beat laying in bed on a Sunday morning with a movie. Many may opt for something light and fluffy, but after hearing good things about The Voices, I couldn’t resist something a bit darker.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of The Voices, it came out last year and stars Ryan Reynolds, who I have recently rekindled my love for. I used to be into him in the Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place days (does anyone else remember that show?!), and now the lust has returned.
Reynolds plays Jerry, a charismatic and likeable guy who owns a friendly dog, and a not so friendly cat. Jerry falls for Fiona (played by Gemma Arterton), a lady from the accounts team at his work, and quite an unlikeable and badly acted character. She isn’t into him at all, but agrees to a date, ultimately leaving him stood up as she never had any intention of going out with him anyway. Things go very, very wrong for her because of this, and we learn that Jerry is definitely not all that he seems. Things spiral from here, and we really get to know Jerry for who he really is.
With one reviewer calling The Voices a mix of Psycho, Dexter and Doctor Dolittle, this goes some way to describe the events of this darkly funny and genuinely clever movie. Although I knew a fair amount about some of the twists and turns of the plot, I was still left pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable The Voices was. The thing that surprised me the most, in a good way, is how well the film is shot when we are seeing Jerry’s perspective compared to those around him.
Reynolds was absolutely fantastic, and is really making his comeback by playing these complex yet fun characters. You really side with Jerry despite his actions, and sympathise for him through his backstory, which is delicately placed within the narrative as it unfolds, rather than being dragged out when unwelcomed.
The Voices really should be taken with a pinch of salt for obvious reasons – although it very clearly deals with mental health issues, I felt like it certainly did not make a mockery of them. Some may feel differently, but if you just take the film for what it is (a bit of gory fun), then you can really enjoy the ride.
I would happily rate the film a solid 4 out of 5, as I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely watch again! If you fancy giving it a go, you can buy the Blu-Ray from Amazon here.
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