Excess Flesh (2015) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Patrick Kennelly
Starring: Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Midnight Releasing
Jill is obsessed with her new roommate Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA Fashion scene. New to the city and recently single, Jill is unable to keep up as she binges and purges to stay thin; eventually hating herself and everyone around her. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control — Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill can’t BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.
This is a movie that lives and dies in the eye’s of reviewers based on style and if the viewer like the style or not. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into this. We get a movie that tries to put a social commentary on display behind the slow motion, odd sounds, lots of food, and some gross stuff that makes you think back to those old vomit gore movies. Now, I had high expectations due to a number of fellow reviewers I know digging this, but this was probably a movie that overall just wasn’t my cup of tea. I admit the plot is alright, but I just don’t know if I liked the overall delivery in how this story ends up being told. From an acting side of things you probably couldn’t have nailed any role, you have in this thing any better. Bethany Orr as Jill and Mary Loveless as Jennifer make the movie at least watchable for me. You kind of wish the movie had played this thing a bit more straight forward as the chemistry and ability was there with these two. It seems like the style and whatever vision the director had sort of shoe-horned this one into some other direction that sort of derails what these two do a bit. You can still see some good come from this thing. The plot is there, the acting is there, but something just doesn’t clip and the only thing I can think to blame is the style the movie goes with.
This is still a movie that deals with a number of things and emotions. Eating issues, hate, love, jealousy, and basically any other thing you could think of. All that seems to be here and the story has this deep meaning I truly believe. That meaning, sadly, gets buried in all the flaws of the overall presentation. This is a movie that bounces around a few genres and never does seem to really fully settle into any of them. It’s a little bit horror, a little bit thriller, and a bit artsy. It is serious but never too serious and at times you feel as if it is almost a parody of something when I’m more than sure it was shooting for a satire. It seems this movie hits key-lime pie area, as some seem to love it and others seem to be a bit frustrated with it like I was. Other than all of that it runs about 10 minutes too long and I really don’t like spitting out and vomiting food to be a main focus of anything. I thought perhaps it would have been done a better way but that does make this a hard to watch movie for some like myself. I didn’t enjoy when a whole film series was based around it and I don’t like it here when it is covered up with a more art-driven undertone. Some may really love this but this just isn’t for me.
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