Killer Joe: SXSW Reviews

  ‘Killer Joe’ is the new film from William Friedkin, which may well explain why it is being so well-received. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsh, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, and Juno Temple who all pull-off good performances although the overall storyline just feels a bit lacking. I didn’t really mind the abrupt ending as much as some may, but at the same time I didn’t find myself invested enough in the characters to really care either way.

The movie offers of a glimpse into a completely dysfunctional family lead by Emile Hirsch, whose delivery always felt a bit over the top. I’m actually a fan of his acting so I hate to admit that I feel he missed the mark. Mcconaughey and Thomas Haden Church were both brilliant and basically carried the film.  

Chris (Emile Hirsch) hires a hitman (McConaughey) to kill his mother for her insurance money after he finds himself in debt to a local drug dealer.

This was a Texas film so I really wanted to like it, but even the “shocking” scene that everyone will be talking about felt out of place, unnecessary, and unmotivated so in the end it’s left feeling gimmicky.