Better Cull Saul Who knows? For the past decade or so in the past, playing Jimmy 'Saul' McGill in both Breaking Bad and its sequel, Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk has turned talking — typically of the speedy varietythe way to escape danger into a form of art. If the bullets begin to shoot, he'll be sprinting as quickly as possible to avoid the bullets.
All that changes is the rollercoaster that is Nobody in which Odenkirk is a last-minute attempt to be a geriaction hero. In the final scene of the film by Ilya Naishuller, Odenkirk has racked up an average body count that is around the three-figure mark. He's the one who's at risk. He is the person who knocks.
That Odenkirk can, with the support from Naishuller's clever staging and the action-awesome aces that are David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's team of shrewd stunts at 87North is able to cut (and shoot, and even stab) his way through mustard seeds is incredibly impressive. It would have been easy to turn this into a parody of action films, and have the central joke be that Odenkirk's formidable-assassin-turned-family-man Hutch Mansell is woefully out of shape, wheezing his way through fight scenes. There is a bit of it, particularly during his debut where he is better than he can give in the course of a confrontation on public transportation. However, when Hutch returns to the flow of things He displays a yen to punish people which will make John Wick look about as frightening as a branch from Wickes.
There's a cartoonish look and even a gentleness of touch to the brutality.
The reference to Wick's name isn't an accidental choice. It's not just that Leitch who directed the first installment of the Keanu Reeves action movies produced this one and the two films have a writer in common: Derek Kolstad. And there's plenty of shared DNA, ranging from the basic plot to the Russian villains. The thing that makes this more than a mere re-make is the mood. Even though Odenkirk intentionally isn't going off with his motormouth, it's more entertaining than Wick films that despite their gorgeous gunplay, are prone to fade away from their exquisitely designed backs. There's a cartoonish ambiance and even an air of lightness to the violence of Nobody that could disappoint those seeking a musing on vigilantism and the destructive nature of revenge.
It will make some people cold, and its primary message, that all of your issues can be resolved by being yourself and kicking the crap out of everything that moves in the direction of your choice, is on the dangerous side. It's also criminal to allow Odenkirk and others like Christopher Lloyd have fun with guns, and leave Connie Nielsen on the sidelines with a sketchy character as the wife of Hutch. However, the entire thing is moving at such a rapid pace that it's hard to make time to ponder the flaws. Plus there's plenty of fashion (Aleksey Serebryakov's villain gets an appearance for the ages) as well as a wonderful soundtrack (including needle drops which will delight the fans of one team particularly) as well as Odenkirk when he's at his most enthrallingly charming. If that isn't enough for you then there's an adorable kitten as well.