The Abominable Showman
- Oct 25, 2017
I'm not super familiar with Don Johnson as an actor, but I will say this: he played, without question, the most exquisitely punchable asshole in all of cinema this year. Richard was, out in public, what the rest of the family pretended NOT to be.Also there was a moment that just had me oozing with disgust. It wasn't big, but it was a gesture that, almost on its own, tells you everything you need to know. When the family is around the fireplace talking immigration and Trump, when Random's dad pulls Marta over, a girl who is "treated like family" and who he is now using as a prop for his argument as an example of "one of the good ones." As he is making his shitty point, without even looking or asking, he gestures his empty plate to Marta as if she's his maid. Not even "oh are you going back to the kitchen? Do you mind taking this?" He just hands it to her as if it is an expectation of her job, which it clearly is not. She neither works for him or anyone else but Harlan.
Like, you could turn the audio off in that moment, ignore every other shitty thing being said by this family, and that gesture tells you exactly how he views the power dynamics. I was just like "oh fuuuuuuck youuuuuu"
For most of the first third of the movie I kept asking myself why he and Linda would even be married, because they certainly didn't seem close, and Linda's the one with all the money. The fact they all turned into pathetic, spiteful backstabbers the second an inheritance was threatened made it all make sense.