The Movie: 7.5/10
Life is complicated. Were you aware of that? 🙂 Movies have many ways of presenting life and the world and our human experience. A LOT of movies tell stories that are not complicated. The good people are good and the bad people are bad, and that’s it. The choices they make lead to very specific ends and then the credits roll. I like some of those movies, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that when a movie like You Were Never Really Here comes along it rattles my cage, and I like that.
It’s got moments of pure theatrics, which take me out of the characters’ experience, but I can live with that because everything else kept me mesmerized.
The reason it sounds like I’m not really describing this movie is because it’s not an easy one to capture in a few words, so I won’t really try. What I will say is that the character we have as our leading man is complicated, and it will not be easy for a lot of people to cope with that. He’s dark and brooding and there are moments my mind literally was twisted and I was confused as to whether I should sympathize with him or hate him. It’s stimulating to have those thoughts while sitting comfortably in a cozy chair on a Saturday afternoon watching a movie, but I wouldn’t want this guy in my real life.
We have missing girls as the catalyst for this guy to be hired and sent into situations where very very very bad men do very very very bad things. That makes me, and hopefully you, want this guy to be brutal and crush the a-holes he encounters. It makes me understand his complexity, and yet those other moments when you see that if he wasn’t hunting the bad guys he has potential to be one of them, it’s unsettling. The trick is though, that I stay devoted to his cause, his drive to save someone, even if the results are rough around the edges.
There are some moments of ultra weirdness that feel more literary than cinematic. The creepy old music playing in a place where men are sexually assaulting young girls makes it that much more awful, but it almost makes it seem cartoonish rather than horrible. The grunge of this movie, the darkness, the wretched behaviors of people we are presented with sometimes makes it hard to absorb, but a challenging movie watching experience is always a good thing for me.
- Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
You Were Never Really Here comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and a 1080P AVC encoded transfer in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The film is a work of art visually and has a lot of varying levels of grain or light in shots. It comes across as somewhat uneven on the screen but when it shines it shines brightly. Shadow detail is especially good here with lots of detail on those dark New York City streets. Skin Tones are pinpoint and I saw no issues with blocking or banding during the run-time.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track uses all the tricks in the book to make the movie exciting. Starting with whispers and ending in a literal BANG. The film sonically excels on all levels. Dynamic range is very very wide so adjust your volume accordingly.
Overall Score 7.5/10