Movie Review - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
It's not enough that Amirpour doesn't make her character likeable. She doesn't make them interesting. At least, Jim Jarmusch's recent Only Lovers Left Alive had interesting and likeable vampires. Arguably, Amirpour wanted her story to be creepier and scarier. Yet, a large chunk of this film is devoted to a love story, so if we are to buy into that, we need to buy into the characters and root for the coupling or feel like their courtship makes sense. I never felt that here.
The film was either shot or converted to black-and-white. There are certain things that feel like it's taking place in the 1950's. At one point, a character uses a cassette tape, a relic of the 90's, so the character might be of the now and using a cassette tape might be the movie being ironic or kitschy, but it just further confuses as to what the actual time and setting of this movie is.
For a movie titled what it is, it's less about the so-called girl, played by Sheila Vand. It's more about a boy named Arash, played by Arash Marandi. Instead of learning anything about this girl, the movie is really all about the boy. This would have been fine, if the boy wasn't a dull cliche, a young man trying to be Marlon Brando, something so many young boys have tried to be. It was lame.
Two Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but for mature audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 39 mins.
For limited screening dates and places, go to http://films.vice.com/a-girl-walks-home/#screening
It's playing until Jan. 22 in DC at the Angelika Pop Up at Union Market.
It opens on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia at the Landmark Ritz Bourse.