This is a handsome looking, brutal and barbaric film with lofty ambitions and a small budget, and it’s worth seeing if only for these reasons (and Bale’s performance).
The visual and physical humor is when the film is at its funniest, especially when it’s accompanied by the deadpan, monotone line delivery. Most of this film feels weird for the sake of being weird, and there’s nothing freaky or special enough to make it memorable.
This isn’t a bad movie and it’s certainly not unwatchable, but it’s a definite stumble for the usually fantastic Zellners.
“Yardie” is further proof that you can’t simply shove a camera in a respected actor’s hand and call them a director. This messy, disjointed film marks the directorial debut of Idris Elba and it gives me little pleasure to state that he should stick to working in front of the camera instead of behind it.
“Summer of ’84” is proof that skilled horror filmmakers can shock, scare, and surprise audiences even when working with the familiar.
The natural, unforced sincerity is the heartbeat of this film, and it touched me on the deepest emotional level.