There are only four actors on-screen in Windfall and only three of them actually have real characters to play, and they're all perfectly solid -- Jesse Plemons per usual the most solid of the bunch (he's always a goddamn delight), but there's fine work from Jason Segel and Lily Collins here too. Go in with low expectations -- I went in with zip, not realizing this was directed by Charlie McDowell (director of the very fine The One I Love with Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass) until the final credits rolled -- and as such found it a happy surprise. Do that and you might too.
Monday, March 21, 2022
Windfall in 200 Words or Less
More than anything else the sharp, smart, short Windfall made me feel overwhelmed with an immediate need to re-watch Sam Raimi's desperately underrated thriller A Simple Plan, and in no way should that read as a slight to Windfall -- anything that makes me feel the need to re-watch A Simple Plan should be commended for getting me into that vibe. You know the vibe -- isolated groups of disparate, desperate people quarreling over a sack of cash, triple-crossings and throat-slashings imminent. That vibe. A great vibe. One of my favorite vibes.