GOD’S POCKET (2014) by John Slattery
“The only thing they can’t forgive is not being from…”
Are Irish people some alcoholic persons, gamblers and mobters? Is that only a image? For the director, John Slattery (Spotlight, Mad Men), it is true. The story about Leon’s death, Mickey Scarpato (Philip Seymur Hoffman) is the Leon’s stepfather, is the excuse for intoduces the neighbourhood of God’s Pocket and the character of its residents.
God’s Pocket is a laborer neighbourhood. It has a clapped-out bar, regular druks and small shops with old owners. The León’s life wasn’t important for them but him death was as important as they tried get revenge when a columnist arrived at the neighborhood for witting about it. The columnist was been the target of theirs rage.
The protagonists are very excessive in everything. Mickey isn’t a drunk, he is an acoholic person, he drinks too much every days, and hardened gambler and he has an inadvisable friends. Jeannie (Christina Hendricks) Leon’s mother and Mickey’s wife, is the oddest character in the film. It is supposed she is the sensitive character but she don’t get it. She is inexpressive, cold and her behaviors are incomprehensible for the spectator.
The soundtrack is a list with depressing songs. This fills out the sense of the movie and it puts the spectator into the plot.
This film is like a Dali’s painting, each element hasn’t any sense separtely, but all of them together have it only in this movie. It is a surreal and incomprehensible movie. Everything can be used to describe to the real protagonist, the God’s Pocket neighbourhood.
It isn’t a brilliant movie but it tries to show the theory about the place on you live determine who you are. You can be according to or not, but in this film is true.