After we missed our train on Friday, Jenny and I ended up at the Kew Gardens Cinema to kill some time and ended up being pleasantly surprised by both the cool, throwback theater and Everything Must Go. This sure-handed debut from Writer/Director Dan Rush is based on a Raymond Carver short story and does a good job of staying true to Carver’s cynical, uniquely American point of view. I think because he’s so funny Will Ferrell is highly underrated as an actor but given the chance to tackle some more difficult material he proved to be up for the challenge, capturing the broken down sadness of a perpetual failure whose losses all catch up to him at the same time and force him into action. The supporting cast is also excellent with nice turns from Rebecca Hall and Laura Dern, but the real discovery is Christopher Jordan Wallace or as most people will recognize him, the late B.I.G.’s son. Not only is he a dead ringer for a young Biggie but he gives a nice, natural performance and his scenes with Ferrell are some of the film’s best. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this movie but it made a strong case for year end consideration. I love when that happens.
Everything Must Go