(kr) wrote: Ridiculous movie. B-Movie directed, complete infidelity to the manga, boring script and terrible dialogue, characters obscene, the actors are unable of acting, cheap CGI. What to save? Some sequences (curiously in CGI), like the final battle between Devilman and Satan.
(ru) wrote: For years, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has played the supporting role. But in "Smashed", it's her turn to headline a film, and she is so terrific that we feel as though we are witnessing fresh new talent - like Brie Larson in "Short Term 12", Winstead is sans makeup, confidence, and togetherness. Here she plays Kate Hannah, a young woman who has a happy marriage and a satisfying job as a second grade teacher. However, both Kate and her husband (Aaron Paul) are extreme alcoholics, and have always been that way. They tell themselves that they are the perfect match because they have the same sense of humor and the same tastes, but in actuality, they have a mutual adoration for getting drunk, and it's even better to be together when they're drunk together. Kate knows something is wrong when three startling events happen back to back to back - first, when teaching, she vomits on the floor, in front of her entire class, since she still has a hangover (it doesn't help that she takes a gulp of whiskey before she leaves her car to begin the day). She tells the principal, in desperation, that she's pregnant. Next, while under the influence, she decides to give a woman a ride home, who just so happens to smoke crack and just so happens to be homeless. The next day, Kate wakes up in an abandoned industrial area, hungover, alone, and with the awful memory that she, a second grade teacher, smoked crack the night before. Later that night, she gets so smashed that, at two o'clock in the morning, she rides her bike to a nearby convenience store to purchase some wine - when she is informed that she can't buy alcohol this early in the morning, she not only has a complete meltdown in front of the clerk, but, when she can't find a bathroom, she urinates in the middle of the floor. After she is invited by a colleague (Nick Offerman) to join him in AA, she decides that quitting drinking would be a good idea. But things don't clear up the way she thought they would when she becomes sober: after all, her marriage is completely based off of alcohol. You could call "Smashed" depressing, but you could also call it brilliant. Though just 81 minutes, Ponsoldt gives the film an importance not felt in most indie films - through handheld camerawork, little music, and no glitz, the focus is completely on Kate's journey towards sobriety, and due to its high amount of realism and small amount of soap opera, it's one that is just as hard to watch as it is for Kate to endure. "Smashed" belongs to Winstead, who should have gotten nominated for an Oscar for her, simply, amazing work. Many films have tried to show alcoholism in its true form, but many have failed either because its leading actor couldn't pull it off or because the director decided to give it Lifetime channel feel instead. But Winstead certainly isn't only blessed with the gift of acting drunk believably. Kate makes many idiotic decisions without a doubt, but Winstead is able to make us sympathize with her automatically, through her interactions with her students or by her rocky relationship with her equally unstable mother. When Kate finally gets sober, and we watch her attempt to continue her marriage with the straightness of an arrow, our hearts break with her when she realizes that as long as she stops drinking, she doesn't have anything in common with husband. My only complaint is the abrupt ending: while it matches the unpredictability of the film, there was a part of me that wanted to explore a bit more of Kate's newfound life as a recovering addict. It upsets me, however, that at this point, Winstead isn't a big star - but I have to remind myself that as long as she continues to make films like this one, she has a long career ahead of her.