We’re nearing the end of our second round of Netflix A-Z! We can start our countdown from 5 on the letter V and for this one, it was a debate between Vampire Academy and The Voices. Since my husband was the one choosing, I didn’t think he’d want to go through the misery of watching the first choice so we landed on the second. Honestly, I’ve been intrigued by The Voices. It has a pretty decent cast and it looks funny and weird all at the same time.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
The Voices (2014)
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.-IMDB
The Voices is a lot of things. Its funny, awkward, quirky, a little disturbing and most of surprisingly fun to watch. I like the cast. Ryan Reynolds hasn’t disappointed me other than the time when he was in Green Lantern and even then I don’t think it was his fault. Gemma Arterton has proved, especially in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter that she has the chops to play horror comedy sort of movies. And well, I’m just a huge fan of Anna Kendrick who is incredibly funny in her little awkward way. The Voices pieces together a nice little horror comedy. It definitely builds into a look into the mind of our main character, Jerry who is kind of sweet but lives in a rather deep fantasy. His reality isn’t all that great.
In a way, its hard to dislike Jerry even if he is a murderer. He’s lonely and mentally unstable. Its partially his fault because reality makes him lonely so he doesn’t take the medication he needs which his psychiatrist, played by Jacki Weaver, urges him over and over to do in order to continue on these treatments. That is besides the point. To a certain extent, Jerry is extremely clueless. He is influenced by his mind and I’m guessing this is some statement about mental health in here, not in the violent way but just how it really affects you. The Voices are essentially just his companions. I mean not in the way that his voices which are in his head but like his pets, Mr. Whiskers and Bosco. And these pets are like the angel and devil sitting on his shoulder and they are absolutely hilarious. They might actually be my favorite part of the movie. The surprising part (apparently my husband didn’t find it at all surprising) was that Ryan Reynolds voiced the pets. He does a fine job at it.
If I were to criticize just one little part was that the ending felt like it lost a little bit of steam portraying him unravelling. Still, it was a lot of fun to watch. I like dark comedies a lot and its rare nowadays to even find comedies that I actually think work. This was an unexpected surprise. I didn’t have much expectation of how this would go but I’m happy that it was as enjoyable as it was.
Overall, a fun little black comedy with some great performances. Its probably one of my favorite roles of Ryan Reynolds, especially with his voice work as Mr. Whiskers. It winds down a disturbing path as the story unfolds and we see his character Jerry unravel and break apart mentally in a way. Its a worth a watch if dark comedies are your thing.
Have you seen The Voices? What do you think about it?