Everything Must Go movie review
I went into 2010’s Everything Must Go only having seen the commercial during it’s theatrical release way back when, so I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever. As soon as the movie starts up, it’s clear that this is not one of Will Ferrell’s yelling movies (Anchor Man) but instead, one of his indie flicks (Stranger Than Fiction) – I’m good either way, it’s all about the story, and Everything Must Go has enough story to get by on.
Will Ferrell plays an alcoholic who has relapsed, and it costs him his job and his wife. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen many of Will Ferrell’s possessions left carelessly on the lawn and for the most part, this is the set of the movie. They do a good job of “breaking it out for scope;” that is, they go into the backyard, onto other people’s lawns, to the store and so on. But mostly, the entire movie is just Will Ferrell hanging out on his front lawn.
That’s not to say it’s boring, and if you’ve never had a chance to see Ferrell do what I call his “less is more” approach to acting, he’s not only good at it, but it’s an interesting contrast to his other work because he (and his character) do the last thing you’d expect out of a Will Ferrell movie, which is, generally, nothing at all. Still, even though Ferrell doesn’t emote the way you’d expect him to, but you pity him anyway because of his performance as the world continues to dump on him, whether it’s his own fault or not.
Still, even though Everything Must Go is well made and performed, the script never goes far enough. You pity Ferrell because of his performance, not particularly because of the story has engaged you in an emotional way – Ferrell does this. It’s pretentious and one sided – Ferrell’s character is written in one dimension, and for a story about redemption, the audience should dislike him at some point in the early goings and then grow to identify with him, but that never happens. For someone who can yell like nobody’s business, this movie begs for some sort of closing First Blood monologue, but we don’t get that, either.
Nevertheless, it’s worth a watch.
Everything Must Go is available on Netflix instant – check it out!
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