BJ Novak, the ex-Office star and writer, has positioned himself as the satirist we need and want right now. There’s more to praise in the murky new comedic thriller Vengeance, flashes of something that suggest a future project where the finished product more closely approaches what he sees in writing than in his misfiring anthology series The Premise. Here in this post, we will read about some of the Vengeance review and other details.
As a temporary measure, it’s an ambitious but bloated attempt to tackle an exhaustive, button-pushing list of diverse slices of Americana, from true crime podcasts to coastal elites to gun control, to opioid addiction, to the cult of celebrity, and to hookup culture.
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Even though it isn’t as disjointed as his previous show, it still feels like an ungainly film that never completely sinks but only just manages to keep its head above the water. Filmmaking debut: It feels like someone is trying to wow us with a sizzle reel and mission statement, but the end result is more “here’s what I should not try to achieve” than “here’s what I can do.”
John Mayer’s character is spotted drinking on the roof of the Dumbo House with rude New York journalist Novak in the first scene. “100 percent,” they keep repeating, an early indication that Novak prefers a hammer to the face when a tap on the shoulder would suffice.
‘It’s a good time to be alive,’ they conclude. His first podcast proposal is rejected because he is too thesis-y, and his second is rejected because he is too story-driven, by a nearby producer (Issa Rae) (advice that Novak himself would be smart to remember).
On his quest for something more serious, he receives an unexpected phone call: his sweetheart has died. The only problem is that he is single. A woman’s brother, believing they were more committed than they actually were, ends up in a little town in Texas to attend her burial and meet her family because of this misguided belief.
Finding out how she died may be the perfect podcast topic for him, so he pursues it. An updated version of the traditional “cold-hearted city guy is initially repulsed but eventually enchanted by the tiny community” comedy Doc Hollywood, Doc Hollywood with Twitter humor.
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— film poser™️ josie marie 🇵🇷 (@TheJosieMarie) February 28, 2022
So, Novak, who was born to a famous memoirist father, is aware that he might easily write a patronizing and unhinged version of this narrative, which is why he takes such care in his writing. Locals, including Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J Smith-Cameron, and the underused Dove Cameron, are not the simple hicks his character thinks they will be (they know what Raya is!), and so we get a lesson in the dangers of making fast judgments.
However, these revelations aren’t as groundbreaking as he makes them out to be. The internet’s evident influence on an age-old fish out of water setup like this shrinks the globe even further, and Novak’s character describing what a writer does and what a magazine is takes the culture clash to ridiculous levels.
Having gone from a comedy to a crime drama, I’m not sure Novak knows what he’s trying to communicate with this film, which is plainly, desperately seeking an impactful message.
Stay safe. Get the story. Not necessarily in that order.
— Vengeance (@VengeanceFilm) May 23, 2022
There are enough humorous moments in Novak’s dialogue to make one hope that he would lower his aspirations and attempt developing something that is more situation-based comedy and less of-the-moment satire, given the severe boot camp training that is being in a network sitcom writers room for many years.
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When it comes to acting, he’s a bit of a slouch, portraying himself as the main character when he lacks a natural charm or theatrical abilities to pull it off.
Some things will stick when a writer-director with genuine talent flings so much at the wall, and there’s just about enough to pique our curiosity about what happens when Novak tightens his focus in Vengeance. The film he thinks we need, Vengeance, is more like the one he thinks we want, but hopefully the next time he’ll figure out how to make something we desire.
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