I’d heard lots of good things about Killer Joe, from the performances to the actual story, I hadn’t heard a bad word. Despite that it has taken me a while to get round to watching it and I’m sorry for that as director William Friedkin delivers something that is mind-blowing!
Now Friedkin is already an accomplished director having title such as: The French Connection, The Exorcist and Rules of Engagement to name a few.
What Friedkin has done is take the play from Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay, and turned out a movie that will have you flinching from the rawness, applauding the performances of actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple and others and even laughing at the dark humour.
The story twists and turns, delves in and out of issues and doesn’t suffer from this but it’s also not going to leave you with a headache trying to figure it out, without thinking too hard you’ll get what’s happening and going to happen but that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) take anything away from the movie.
McConaughey puts in the performance of his life in this film, he is simply stunning as the sick, twisted and evil Killer Joe. He really makes you believe that he’s capable of anything whilst at the same time pulling you in to get you on his side, you genuinely believe he wants what’s best.
If you aren’t a fan of violence or blood or even sex or sex references at least than this probably isn’t the film for you but you are missing out on something truly fantastic.
Friedkin makes the movie almost like a play sometimes which just adds to the grittyness of the movie as well as giving you the feeling of being in parts of the movie with the family.
The one gripe I have is that the editing is a little on the harsh side. I usually have zero comments on editing so that fact I’ve noticed it here should give you some indication as to how bad it can appear in sections. I don’t know if they had to cut it down to time for some reason?
This is a great movie though, and if this is the sort of thing we can expect from plays being turned into films then bring it on!