Movie Review: I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

"Everyone is an asshole" is something I don't doubt we've all thought before.

So that means Ruth, the main character of I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, isn't alone.

Reeling off a bad day at her job as a nursing assistant, things don't get much better when Ruth finds she's been robbed. One of her neighbours, Tony, vows to help her catch the culprit and chaos ensues.

This Netflix film, released in February of last year, was a surprise hit for me. I don't usually follow Netflix films but, after watching this, I'd consider it (and you guys should, too!)

Here's why:

It's funny

When I read a basic synopsis I thought 'How can a film about a depressed woman getting robbed be funny?'. But, you know what, it is.

But, be warned! If you're after a laugh-a-minute can't-breathe-with-laughter kind of film I'm afraid to say, this isn't it.

You're probably thinking 'You just said it was funny, is it or isn't it?'

Well, it is, but not in the traditional way. The humour is dark, matching the tone of the film.

(Though there are some moments in the film when you will genuinely laugh to yourself).

The cast

To be honest, I had to do some Google searching of this cast as (apart from one person) I had no clue who anyone else was!

This was a strange one for me because I never usually watch films where most of the cast are unknown to me, I guess I like watching stuff without having to spend the time I would be watching the film Googling an in-depth history of the actor. Even so, I let myself be surprised and- to be honest- not knowing who people weren't was a BAD thing.

Melanie Lynskey plays Ruth (she previously played Aunt Helen in the film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Considering she wasn't an actress I was familiar with, I didn't really know what to expect from her. But over the course of the film, I felt every emotion Ruth felt. The character she played was equally troubled, funny and likable.

Her partner in crime is Tony, her nerdy, obnoxious neighbour. He's played by Elijah Wood, of Lord of the Rings fame (which I've not seen, don't hate me for it!). I liked the relationship that played out during the film between Tony and Ruth, it never got boring or annoying and I actually rooted for both of them.

It's interesting

Sometimes films get a little...boring. To be honest, for a while, I thought this film would have gotten boring.

But I persevered and, well, it paid off.

It started slow but then, just as I thought I was going to give up with it and put something else on, it became so fast paced and exciting that I had to watch the rest.

To summarise

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore taps into everyone's feelings sometimes: that people can be assholes. It starts off slow but, keep it with, it gets interesting (trust me!).


Side note

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year- it's my first (but definitely not my last) post of 2018. It's strange as I have one more assignment to do from last semester and then, before I know it, everything starts again: more reading, assignments and whatever uni life has to offer!

I'm both nervous and excited to start again. Nervous because it's second year, it actually counts and I'm not sure I can get back into it all after such a great (and long) Christmas break! I'm excited for the reading, continuing the course and subject I love and whatever this year of uni involves.

How about you guys, how are you all feeling about going back to uni?