Our Cinema Society screenings are back in full swing following the break for the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January-February, and “Joe,” an indie that was shown at other festivals, was yesterday’s offering. I didn’t go since I had work to do, but Michael went and reported that I didn’t miss a thing. It was that bad. Actually, it was so bad that several people walked out about a third of the way in.
Here’s the copy the Cinema Society sent us prior to the screening:
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, JOE film brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid, (MUD’s Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.
Michael said the kid was good, just as he was in “Mud,” and there was a moody, haunting quality to the setting, but moody only gets you so far. This was a story about a bad guy getting even with another bad guy. Lots of bad guys, in other words, with nobody to root for except the kid, along with a lot of gratuitous violence. I’m not a Nic Cage fan, so I had another incentive for sitting this one out.
I guess what I’m saying is see this one only if you have nothing better to do.