As wordy as that title may seem, Macon Blair makes up for it in making an awesome movie about a woman who takes it into her own hands “For people to not be assholes!” Ruth just had her house broken into, both her laptop and her grandma’s silver were stolen, but that’s not what she cares about, she’s mad and sad about how her home (her safe-space) has been violated. She’s not interested in what they’ve taken, but what they’ve done, she believes humans there’s a way for people to stop being assholes yet she’s reminded of their despicable output day after day. Whether it’s the guy that lets his dog poop on her lawn despite the clear sign on her lawn, the other guy with a car that let’s off as much gas as a coal factory or the guy who drops stuff at the grocery store and doesn’t pick it up. Well, Ruth is done with people being such dicks and decides to take a stand, whether she manages to fulfill her ultimate wish or her quest only reaffirms the stupid nature of humanity, view the film.
Macon Blair has a track record of making excessively violent yet really good movies alongside Jeremy Saulnier and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is no different. Together, these guys have raised a different approach towards violence that’s both hyper-stylized and astonishingly affecting yet cloaked under realism. There’s always a reason to the violence and in a film about a woman trying to reason why people would even be violent it’s all the more fitting. Blair presents you with a conflicting ideologies regarding violence and then stirs them up to see what will result from the mix. On one side you’ve got Ruth who’s entirely against the humans indulging in any sort of violent act, Tony who might’ve be a missionary displaced in time who believes violence to be necessary as long as it’s working towards God’s greater good and Christian who’s violent by nature. Through his directorial debut, Blair traverses these three extremely distinct ideologies, forcing them to clash and showing you what occurs when they do, he’s never preaching for any specific one but instead displaying all three and allowing you to make what you will from this violent combination.
There’s also something special about this movie where it feels like something that wouldn’t get made nowadays. Instead of feeling like a new release, which it most definitely is, it acts like a lost indie film from the 90’s. It’s got ferociousness of a new talent from the times of Tarantino & Soderbergh’s Sundance Revolution and the equally low-budget to accompany that feel. It honestly feels like a lost indie film that randomly popped on Netflix and whether it was Blair’s intention to emulate the style of filmmaking that surged in the indie realm during the 90’s or not, the film benefits from this feeling anyways.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is an awesome indie film about violence that tries to oppose the douchiness of mankind yet finds itself reaffirming it more often than not. The acting is all quite naturalistic, in service to the film, nothing out of this world but all good. Now, if you’re a follower of what Blair and Saulnier have been doing as of late you’d expect the violence in this film to be as brutal as ever and that it is, a dreadful synthesis of glory and gore. Although, Blair’s approach towards presenting different ideas about violence as viewed in the film are presented in a very unique manner where they’re introduced via a personification in a character and then thrust against each other as to show violence is just violence, it’s senseless, horrific, and it’ll always exist.