Rated: R for bloody violence, and for language including sexual references. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: February 6, 2015 Released by: Lions Gate Films
A macabre zaniness runs through Marjane Satrapi's The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds's Jerry, a worker at the Milton Bathtub Factory, that works an unusual, if effective way of delineating an unbalanced psyche.
Satrapi works with scripter Michael R. Perry to create an off-center feel felt in the music, production design and especially the performances even if the dialogue is a bit overwhelming at times.
Jerry begins to have relationships with pretty colleagues like Englishwoman Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick of Pitch Perfect) while he's been conversing with cuddly dog Bosco and sneaky cat Mr. Whiskers.
The pacing is obviously uneven even to the casual observer as most evident in the film's elongated center portions as a leniency gives way to something more claustrophobic and theatrical with Jerry's apartment being the primary setting.
For all of its gaffes however, The Voices is often benefitted by Reynolds's jocularly jarring Jerry and the cast plays along well with him in the distinctively darkly shifting tale, in a heightened comedic reality that is stylish and sapient.