Monday, 15 September 2014

God's Pocket: DVD Review

God's Pocket: DVD Review


Rating: R16
Released by Madman Home Ent

Directed by Mad Men star John Slattery and taken from a book by Pete Dexter, God's Pocket also has the auspicious mantle of being one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films.

When Mickey (Hoffman)'s son is killed in a construction "accident", he finds his life turned into turmoil as he discovers those living in God's Pocket didn't actually care for his son. This causes tensions with his wife (Mad Men's Christina Hendricks) and forces him down a road he doesn't want to travel. Things only get worse when a reporter (the ever impressive Richard Jenkin) starts sniffing around.

Dour and melancholy, this is pitched as a black comedy, but it takes a while to get there. Hoffman's impressive as ever and his bond with John Turturro's equally as good, but the downbeat nature of the film will put many off. Excellently directed by Slattery, God's Pocket is worth it for Hoffman alone, but doesn't quite pack the punch you'd have expected.

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