Rated Greg’s Top 5 New York City Movies
- 25th Hour
- Die Hard with a Vengeance
- Gangs of New York
The Ringer called Good Time an “instant classic New York City movie,” which on the overzealous scale, is about somewhere between People Magazine naming Nick Nolte Sexiest Man Alive and whoever came up with the name for Milwaukee’s Best. It does use the underbelly of New York City in an interesting way and it’s definitely not a bad movie, but the hectic aftermath of a bank robbery story is way too anxiety-inducing to put up anywhere near the Top Five titles. Simply put, watching Good Time is not a good time. It’s probably the most stressful movie I’ve seen this year. I don’t know if the creators were being facetious when they decided to name it that, but more accurate titles would have been Queens Grit, One Step Forward Two Steps Back, or Robert Pattinson’s Opus.
While I don’t think it’s that enjoyable of a movie, Good Time really is a Russell Westbrook type 40-point triple double for your boy Pattinson. He’s basically in every frame of the film and it’s an absolute acting tour de force by him, channeling a Taxi Driver era Robert DeNiro (no joke). The transition from teen centric blockbuster eye candy to “serious actor” is no easy feat (just ask Vinnie Chase) but Pattinson has officially crossed over. It’s still early for awards contenders, but I won’t be surprised if he gets some nomination buzz for Good Time in a few months. Grade: B-