God's Pocket (2014)
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Eddie Marsan, and Caleb Landry Jones
Directed by John Slattery
But no...after the murder in the film's opening ten minutes, we don't really revisit the investigation in the slightest. Sure, Leon's death looms over the rest of the film's proceedings, but the film instead focuses on Leon's mother and stepfather Jeannine and Mickey (Christina Hendricks and Hoffman) and Jeannine's newfound affair with a reporter (Richard Jenkins) investigating Leon's death. Taking place over the course of three days, God's Pocket goes nowhere with all of its characters wallowing around in dank, dark places not talking about anything of much importance except how hard life is in The Pocket.
This is actor John Slattery's first film as a director and there are sparks of interesting moments, but nothing ever truly lights up. The acting is all so dreadfully sullen and dull that there's never a moment of respite from the dreariness.
The RyMickey Rating: D