Friday, March 18, 2011

Good Morning, Beautiful (2011)

Fear 5/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 5/5

Right away, we are drawn to a late 30 something couple as they sit in a hospital, grieving the loss of an unborn child. They eventually return home and we see the couple, sitting at a dining room table, discussing the possibility of trying again to conceive despite the advanced age of the wife. It's also clear that she is having a difficult time with the loss. Later, with some family members there for support, the husband acknowledges the grief being felt and he expresses his worry for her. But it's not her mental health that we should be most concerned about.

In between going about his day, caring for his grieving wife, and talking to his family about the loss, the husband sees a doctor about a peculiar sore which has formed on his right arm. The doctor advises him that it's nothing to be worried about and that he should stop picking at it. In between visits to the doc, our husband comes to be in the middle of a few strange occurances. One of them, finds him awakening in the dead of night to the sounds of something going on outside. With the TV blaring and actually displaying onscreen what's going on outdoors, a surreal moment occurs when he walks out into the backyard to witness the same: a man with a blurred out face brutally beating another man in the alleyway. He calls the police and they come out but are unable to find a man nor a body.

After attempting to confer with his neighbor about the events from the previous night and not receiving any confirmation, he again takes himself to the doctor, his sore getting a lot worse. The off kilter-ness of the film continues as the waiting room grows with afflicted patients, a woman with increasingly severe injuries and bandaged bones being the only constant every time he visits.

Our strange occurances continue for our would-be father to a point where he's thrown into an anxiety filled rage. A whirlwind, off-balance, keep you guessing to the final fateful frame build releases which leaves you completely breathless. I can't remember the last time I was thrown for this much of a loop while watching a film.

Good Morning Beautiful is premiering right now at the 2011 edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival. Keep your eye out for it along with future works from filmmaker Todd Cobery.

For more information about the film, check out its website:

Cortez the Killer


Strange Kid said...

Sounds and looks pretty freaking awesome. Bizarrely surreal... just how I like 'em! :)

James said...

I like the sound of this one, Cortez. Thanks for the review - will keep an eye out for it!

Carl Manes said...

Nice find dude, I am all in!