I MELT WITH YOU Movie Review
In an interesting move, Magnolia Pictures decided to release their newest film I MELT WITH YOU on Video On Demand (VOD) services before having a wider release next week. The film has been out on VOD services since early November, and I finally got a chance to catch it before its wide release.
Boy, was I glad I spent the $9.99!
With that being said, I’d suggest viewers try to catch it in theaters rather than in the comfort of their own homes. There is a certain quality about movies that is lost on the small screen. In this instance, the video quality is less impressive, but the booming score deserves to be amplified to its fullest potential. Unless you have a great home audio system (something I lack), you will lose the powerful sound.
Also, this film surely isn’t for everyone.
I Melt With You is a strange film to describe. On the surface, I can tell you that it’s about four college friends who meet once a year to “catch up.” Their versions of catching up include reverting back to their days in school. They relive their glory years through the agents of sex, drugs, and Rock-N-Roll. For one week a year, these 40-somethings get to go back to the way they used to live. However, an old college pact surfaces during their shenanigans, which drastically changes all of them.
Obviously, I won’t spoil the goods of the film for you.
From the get go, it is the characters that drive the film. All four guys bring something different to the table. Richard (Thomas Jane) is the free spirited one, Ron (Jeremy Piven) is the rich one, Jonathan (Rob Lowe) is the smart one, and Tim (Christian McKay) is the thoughtful one. Without pointing fingers, a lot of films portraying friends tend to create cliques that aren’t believable. However, I Melt With You can be considered an exception because I could honestly see these four guys hanging out. Even if that may be highly unhealthy for all of them.
With drugs being the focal point of the story, it is easy to see the comparisons to Requiem for a Dream. Right away this may turn people off, but let me preface the film by saying that Requiem for a Dream is a much more brutal movie to watch. They do touch on some similar themes, though.
Stylistically, the two films have so much in common. They’re both fast-paced, drug-crazed films that rely heavily on filming and editing to create the drug atmosphere. A lot of films don’t use style to their advantage, which is why I Melt With You succeeds so greatly. At the core of the style is the loud, perfectly obnoxious (a phrase I never thought I’d say), soundtrack, which thumps and pounds and lulls the audience to the beat of the story.
There is no doubt that this film will split viewers right down the middle. Half of the audience will agree with me, while the other half will want their two hours back. Also, it’ll certainly be received better by male crowds.
To me it’s, all at once, emotional, psychotic, painful, and somehow fun. There won’t be a lot of movies like this one, that’s for sure! It’s certainly provocative, and the fact that it teeters on my line of uncomfortableness solidifies that fact it is probably unbearable for lots of people.
In the end, though, this film says a lot of things about friendship, happiness, and even the meaning of life. It may be a simple midlife crisis movie, but there is much more going on below the surface. See it if you can, even if you’ll hate it.