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God''s Pocket (2014)
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Director:John Slattery Producer:Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, John Slattery, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Ziff Story by:Based on God''s Pocket by Pete Dexter  Screenplay by:John Slattery,Alex Metcalf Music by:Nathan Larson Cinematography:Lance Acord Edited by:Tom McArdle  Running time:88 min Country:United States Language:English

Genre:Crime, Drama Subtitle:English  Starring:Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey Scarpato, Richard Jenkins as Richard Shelburn,
Christina Hendricks as Jeannie Scarpato
, Caleb Landry Jones as Leon Scarpato, Domenick Lombardozzi as Sal,
John Turturro as Arthur ''Bird'' Capezio
, Eddie Marsan as Smilin'' Jack Moran, Peter Gerety as McKeena,
Molly Price as Joanie
, Joyce Van Patten as Aunt Sophie

 

 

      God''s Pocket is a 2014 American drama film directed by John Slattery and co-written with Alex Metcalf, based on a 1983 novel of the same name by Pete Dexter. The film stars Christina Hendricks, Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his last roles), John Turturro and Richard Jenkins. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to mixed to critical reviews, and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films. Arrow Films acquired the UK rights and Electric Entertainment is handling the international rights.


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Storyline:
When Mickey''s crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction ''accident'', nobody in the working class neighborhood of God''s Pocket is sorry he''s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy''s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can''t bury, a wife he can''t please and a debt he can''t pay.

Reception
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God''s Pocket received mixed to critical reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film 35% based on 84 reviews.[2] On Metacritic, the film received a score of 51 out of 100, based on 27 critics.

"The Hollywood Reporter" called it a "half-good effort" that lacked the "snap, precision and stylistic smarts a mixed-tone project like this requires". Screen International called it "too shaggy and tonally inconsistent to hold together." Stephanie Merry from the Washington Post said "What began as an intriguing snapshot begins to feel grotesque and inscrutable."

The film also garnered a number of positive reviews from major critics. Richard Roeper said "John Slattery''s direction is skilled and steady...Great actors at the top of their game working with rich material."[6] David Edelstein of New York Magazine/Vulture said ″Slattery adapted the book with Alex Metcalf and gets the tone just right. The film is damnably amusing.″ The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars. The New York Post said the film was ″crafted with great skill″.
Release

IFC Films gave the film a limited release on May 9, 2014.

A tragic crime drama with a spot of black comedy.
Author: Bo Atdrinks
26 August 2014

''God''s Pocket'' is a film about an inner-city area called ''God''s Pocket''. The area is solidly working-class and the community is well established. There is no danger of this area being gentrified by incoming yuppies. It is shabby and down-at-heel. As well as the hard-working working-class, there is also a criminal class, who also have a good work-ethic, and a hard-drinking class, who work hard at their drinking. It is an area that generally works hard and plays hard. This film tells a slightly unusual story about ''God''s Pocket'' and the people who live there, whilst also showing us the ordinary lives of the inhabitants, all of whom seem unable to change their destiny.

Film opens with a funeral. Narration sets the scene and gives us exposition as well. Then, after the opening scene, the film goes back in time to show how we got to the funeral. Here, we the audience, see more than the main characters in the film. They are acting blind. We can put everything into context. This does not stop the plot twists but it does give us an overall tragic feel as we survey the proceedings.

Film stars the late, great, Philip Seymour Hoffman. His character is a player, as is his friend and associate played by John Turturro. The film is set, convincingly, in the Seventies. So these small-time criminals drive large cars and own shirts with large collars. The Seventies nostalgia is completed with a sound-track played sparingly and subtly in the background. Never intruding, but just setting the atmosphere perfectly.

Director John Slattery also worked on the screenplay. He has done a very good job, in filming this movie, as well as drawing out great performances from the cast. This is Mr Slattery''s first full length feature film. It is a tremendous piece of work. I have already mentioned the opening scenes of the film, what makes the film so good, is the way Mr Slattery has used the same themes and devices to make a perfectly symmetrical film from beginning to end. ''God''s Pocket'' is the subject of the film, and this is explored in such a way as to be both different and symmetrical at the same time. The clever use of scenes to provide comparison and contrast also enrich this film.

This crime-drama has plenty to say about attitudes and it also has a few darkly comic moments. Not many, but it is funnier than John Turturro''s recent ''Fading Gigolo'' (2013). It is however black comedy, so there is little to laugh at, in this crime story that contains plenty of sex and violence, some of which is quite graphic. In the UK, this is rated a 15.

''Before the Devil Knows You''re Dead'' (2007)was a very black, and very good, film. ''God''s Pocket'' is a very similar film, without being quite as dark. Mr Hoffman, who starred in both films, has a more rounded character in this film. In ''BtDKYD'', Mr Hoffman''s character was on the surface, one way, but underneath, completely different, and he acted out that role to it''s logical conclusion. In ''GP'', Mr Hoffman''s character is less clear. There are different sides to him and Mr Hoffman displays this well. In both films he is a tour-de-force. Mr Hoffman has an ability to show a good side in a bad character, and the bad side in a good character. He shows this ability in this film as well as other ones. However one of the things that really impressed me about his acting in this film, was the way that he portrayed every day activities, that struck a familiar chord with me at least.

The early death of Mr Hoffman, at too early an age, (he is a few years younger than me), robs us of future films. However he does leave behind an impressive catalogue of work. Whilst I did not like ''The Master'' (2012), without a doubt Philip Seymour Hoffman is ''The Master'' of his craft.

The last film, of the late, great, John Wayne, was ''The Shootist'' (1976). It was an appropriate and fitting tribute. ''God''s Pocket'' could be viewed in a similar way as a valedictory tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. However when I was at the cinema to see ''God''s Pocket'', I saw a trailer for ''A Most Wanted Man''. From a John le Carre novel, it is a spy-thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is due to be released 12th September 2014. I am looking forward to seeing it.

In ''God''s Pocket'', Mr Hoffman has a uniformly superb supporting cast, however Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins deserve special mention for their roles. Both gave nuanced performances that fully fleshed out their complex characters, giving them both poignancy and tragedy.

''God''s Pocket'' is not as black as ''Before the Devil Knows You''re Dead'' (2007), though it is a similar film. Nor is it quite as grim and uncomfortable viewing as the recently screened ''We Gotta get Out of This Place'' (2013). Not quite. In style it is more like ''The Friends of Eddy Coyle'' (1973), ''Family Business'' (1989), and ''Hard Eight'' (1996). If you liked any of those films, then this film will appeal to you.


 


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