I think a lot of the world is feelin’ this title at the moment.
I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017) is a thriller/black comedy written and directed by Macon Blair in his directorial debut. It stars as Melanie Lynskey as the lonely and depressed Ruth, who after her house is burgled finally decides to do something about all the assholes in the world and with the help of her enigmatic neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood) proceeds to hunt down the people who ‘took my sh*t’.
Black comedies are a bit of a rarity simply because its an incredibly difficult line to toe. Too intense and audiences ain’t gonna be laughing, and too light-hearted and the thrills feel hollow. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (lets just call it Anymore) tightropes this balance very well, with a healthy dose of Coen influence and great writing keeping Blair from swaying. A few fumbles keep it from reaching the heights of its aspirations but overall its a deft job for a directorial debut.
When I say this is a black comedy, I’m talking pitch black. This ain’t no starry midnight black, but more a like light-can’t-escape-a-black-hole black. For many this is going to be a turn off but for those who like a little darkness in their comedic diet this is a delicious dinner. The film has fantastically bleak comedic sensibilities, bolstered by an amusingly mundane premise and great lead performance.
Speaking of which, its thanks to the talent of Melanie Lynskey that the script works as well as it does. She plays the awkward loner looking to bolster her badassery so damn well. Her chemistry and dynamic with co-star Elijah Wood is admirable too – two awkward loners on different spectrums of weird is something not often seen on screen and they take it to its fullest extent.
At 93 minutes and currently available on Netflix, Anymore is easy to recommend to anyone who enjoys black comedy. Amusing premise, great two lead performances and some interesting subtext make this a great directorial debut for Blair.
General Audiences: Recommended
Film Buffs: Highly Recommended
Cultists: Highly Recommended