After having picked this movie up several times in the video store I finally decided it was time to rent it. The movie is called Goats. This film was equal parts beauty and chaos. The story centers around a teenage boy named Ellis Whitman and his incredibly messed up family. I know everyone thinks their family is screwed up but this family is a real gem to watch.
David Duchovny as Goat Man, the Whitman's pool boy and gardener. David Duchovny is fantastic in this role, he is so chill and smooth he really brings a deepness to the character of Goat Man.
Also of notable mentions is Ellis's father Frank who is played by Ty Burrell from TV's Modern Family. It is pretty interesting to see Ty play a serious character; especially since his Modern Family character is such a klutzy, goofy person. The rest of the cast was amazing as well. The cast works really well together overall and they are quite amusing to watch.
The production value of this film is great. They spent a great deal of effort making the film look great. Half of the film is set in the Arizona desert which is a beautiful set for this often melancholy film. The beauty of the dessert is an interesting backdrop for the this dysfunctional family's misadventures. The other half of the film is set in the city, and it is interesting how the city scenes have a very different feeling to them. It also shows the different sides of Ellis' life in this film.
This film has an original score and the composers did a very good job with the film score. The music was always perfect for the emotions that were being displayed in the various scenes. You really can't ask anything more of a film score.
The costumes are perfect for the characters in every scene. The costumes really helped to define each characters individuality. Ellis' mother is always brightly attired while his father is very professionally dressed. The costumes are just part of the devide between Ellis's parrents. This devide makes up the majority of the angst in this film. Ellis loves his mother, and he wants her to be happy, but he also wants to reestablish a relationship with is father. Throw in Goat Man, a jerk of a boyfriend and you have a crazy amusing mess.
Overall this is a great film the characters are very memorable and the production value is high. There were a few scenes that were not critical to the movie but they were few and far between. If you like films that show personal development in the characters and make you feel better about yourself, then this film is for you.
I rate this film four out of five smiley Mike heads. It was amusing to watch and the characters were certainly memorable, but it had a few scenes that were a bit uncomfortable; otherwise I would have rated this film higher.