First movie I’ve seen in theaters for like a year and a half. Enjoyed it, but it was thematically very confused.
It seemed to think it was John Wick, but John Wick is amazingly pure in terms of theme and motivation. Obnoxious, irredeemable little shit stomped a puppy to death. A fucking puppy! It’s almost comically pure in terms of telling us who to root for and what the story will be. John reluctantly gets back into that world because of that. Totally pure revenge motive, one of the simplest stories you can tell.
In comparison, Nobody is kind of weird. Okay, so… Odenkirk was sort of dragged back into that life… he restrains himself from killing burglars threatning his family because he judged them to be desperate/no real threat because there was no ammo in the gun. Okay. But then he can’t let it go because of the kitty bracelet… which is something his daughter would forget about soon enough and not exactly murdering your dead wife’s last gift puppy, but… okay, so be it. But then he sees they have a baby with an oxygen mask and has a change of heart and gives up getting revenge on them. Alright. That thread kind of came to an end right there. But I guess Hutch really wanted to kill someone, so he’s gonna kill someone.
So then he has a chance encounter with the drunk Russians. They don’t do anything to him. It’s hinted that they’re going to get very aggressive with the girl on the bus, but they don’t really even have time to do that. It’s clear before they even get on the bus that Hutch is desperately looking to get into a fight. So he doesn’t exactly pick the fight with them, and they are drunk driving assholes, but the motives are kind of fuzzy here. He was looking for a fight and got it - they didn’t really victimize him - he’s not really getting revenge on the Russians, he just wants to murder people.
But the rest of the movie plays out like he’s on a John Wick style revenge streak except Hutch is the dude egging on most of the violence and clearly desperately wants to keep getting reasons to keep killing people. So… it’s a lot harder to root for him than it is for John Wick, but the movie seems like it’s set up to make him really sympathetic… it’s kind of a weird mix of themes and motivations.
It was also a little weird in that it mostly tried to be realistic-ish and gritty and yet had very silly moments like the 80 year old badass Christopher Lloyd.
His job also doesn’t really make sense. They were hinting he was a Jason Bourne style super spy or whatever… but when he described his own job… he located someone who was doing some skimming off a military contract and murdered him in cold blood. That sort of thing doesn’t require super spy skills at all. The “auditor” thing really didn’t make sense.
The beats were too similar to John Wick. Russian mob, attacking their money holding operations, having everyone react extremely to what a badass the character is - the scene where the hacker girl discovers a bunch of pictures of him with the Nobody code name(?) and says “I’m out”, and the tattoo recognizing guy - even the home invasion scene is right out of John Wick. I get it, it’s the same screen writer, but it’s not cool to just write the same shit every time.
If it was a movie about a natural born killer who can’t hack family life… it does a weird way of setting itself like a John Wick tale of revenge, and if it’s trying to be a John Wick pure revenge story, it’s kind of weird that it’s about a guy that really wants to kill people and lucks into bad guys falling into his lap.
Fun, I like Odenkirk, but… kinda weird.