I Dont Feel At Home In This World Anymore Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
"What do you want?""For people to not be assholes."
With such strong, simple dialogue spoken in I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, what makes it a fantastic film with such a great story is its relatability to things and feelings that many people know and have. It speaks to people on a such an understandably fundamentally human level. Have you ever been walking through a parking lot when a car begins to back out but then stops when they see you only to commence a stop and go dance between you and the car because you both want to go? Or have you ever been in the middle of reading a book and have someone ruin it for you by giving you spoilers? Or perhaps you've had someone walking their dog and the dog takes a shit in your yard and you have to be the one to clean it up?
These are all situations that everyone can relate to and that all happen to our protagonist Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant who lives day-to-day, floating and wandering through her life, having lost seemingly all faith and hope in people. She has a routine that she likes to stick to. Until one day a box of tarantulas is thrown into her life when she returns home to find its been ransacked and a few items of her property have been taken, including her laptop and a box of her grandmother's silverware that had been passed down to her; silverware that she finds to be invaluable and is really the only thing she holds any sort of emotional connection to. Naturally she contacts the authorities and they come to her home and do a bit of official investigating and write down an official report, but we all know nothing will be done about it, including Ruth. It is then that she wants justice and her things back, so she takes to her neighborhood and begins knocking on doors, asking her neighbors if they had anything or anyone suspicious. She approaches one neighbor who is a genuine nice guy by the name of Tony (Elijah Wood) who is filled with optimism, passion, and politeness. Pretty much the antithesis of who she is but deep down who she wants to be.
Tony is a person Ruth wants to be more like and sees goodness in him, so naturally she's attract to wanting to be around him more. They become their own form of vigilante justice, tracking down her property and also confronting those who took her things. Along the way we, along with Ruth & Tony, meet some very unsavory characters. More so, the very people who actually stole from her, and this sets off a Rube Goldberg-like chain of events that explode with such humorous violence! It's one of the more attractive qualities to this film, its dark humorous look at serious and dangerous situations. Which is what life really is like. Certain things that happen to us in life can so absurd and crazy that really, how can you not find it funny? Writer/Director Macon Blair truly finds those moments of brutal violence (which by the way is incredibly ferocious but very matter of fact, it doesn't linger on the violence with fancy slow motion shots. It's quick and brutal) and danger with such absurd humor, that are authentic gems and presents them to you like a delivery man offering you a free pizza. First of all, you'd be crazy not to take it, I mean come on! Those two words alone: FREE and PIZZA should be enough! And secondly, it's so delicious that you're going to enjoy the hell out of it!
Underneath everything, at the end of the day, to me, I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore is a tremendously entertaining Dark Dramedy with heart and a fascinating assorted characters lead by a stellar cast! It's a story and film about a woman who finds redemption in not only her own life, but the goodness in other people as well. As they say today: Faith In Humanity Restored!