Ryan Reynolds kills in indie feast, The Voices, and the Blu-Ray release is one that should not be missed. Loaded with fun bonuses, in fact, an impressive number of them considering the budget, this is easily one of the year’s special treats.
Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) is a director you just have to hope kicks out movies as fast as possible, and if you aren’t sure why, it’s exactly because of the bizarrely sure hand necessary to tease out the precise mood and structure that keeps this one from going completely goofy.
Most anyone can take a reasonable, average idea and put out something that’s at least passable, but take something crazy and suck in your audience…
Reynolds is off his meds, and he really needs them. He’s got a job, and a couple of pets, and seems like a pretty happy guy, but his pets talk to him, and one of them tells him to do bad things. You might think that things change when he starts whacking people, but not so much really.
Reynolds is better than I thought he could, and in a role that’s deceptively difficult.
Catch the complete The Voices review here.
The Blu-Ray has some interesting special features, even among the usual suspects. The deleted scenes are far more interesting than what you’re used to, diving into spins that would have made for a different take on things, including an alternate ending that obviously goes a very different way.
You also get a surprisingly strong Making Of featurette – The Voices: From Fridge to Frame. It may have the general format of similar bonuses, but because this is no ordinary movie, it’s no ordinary Making Of. The best part of it being the discussion with the cast, who are forced to talk about wildly different aspects of how the film works, and their decisions than they’re probably used to.
Beyond that you get some featurettes that focus on the effects in general, whether that be making the animals talk, or bringing the voices to life. You also get some comparison reels, which are fun, but don’t necessarily amount to all that much.
You also get a massive collection of sketches, which are both set and costume design works, and things that feel more like a storyboard taken apart, only with nicer sketches than you’re average board.
Put together, it makes for a pretty nice treat for a small-ish budget film.
The Voices synopsis
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.