The market caters to all sorts of tastes across various arbitrary boundaries, and impulse (that is, blind) purchases can provide the most rewarding of viewing experiences. (I suspect a large part of any cinematic or television enjoyment I can get nowadays is the tension between anticipation/expectation and The Unexpected – I might expand on that once I’ve found my thesaurus.)
So it was with This Must Be The Place, a road-trip/revenge-tale/coming-of-age film that captivated me for all of its almost two-hour running time. What distinguishes this film from any other film that tries to deal with even just one of those genres is the Robert Smith-inspired middle-aged rock star protagonist (Sean Penn) whose backstory is not what we expect, whose journey is equal parts convention and surreality, and whose characterisation reminds me why I’ve been a Penn fan since Bad Boys.
The trailer plays up the revenge angle but the film is, like other personal favourites, so much more.