Nobody was such a joy. It was stylish, silly and had major John Wick vibes, with a hint of Better Call Saul and even American Beauty.
Synopsis (Spoiler Free)
In a nutshell, Nobody tells the story of Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), a family man. Hutch has a normal life, he gets up, works out, drinks coffee, goes to work, has dinner, goes to bed.
Hutch and his successful & beautiful wife Rebecca (Connie Nielson) have drifted apart, they sleep with a pillow between them. They have two children, a young daughter Paisley and son, Blake. He also has an aging father in a nursing home (Christopher Lloyd). On the outside, everything seems normal.
Until one day, the Mansell house is broken into and Hutch lets them go, even though he had the opportunity to hurt them. Feeling like a failure, his past catches up to him and an old career rears its head.
Hilarity, along with plenty of bad-ass-ery, ensues.
My Thoughts (Not spoiler heavy, but a few)
I really loved Nobody. The beginning was stylish and surreal, lulling you into false sense of security that you somehow knew was going to come crashing down. The story was simple, if a little silly. Dude gets pissed off, dude’s old habits come back around, dude kick’s ass. Think Die Hard but with more shirts.
Bob Odenkirk was great, he was the perfect blend of someone who totally looks like an accountant but is also believably a bad-ass. He has this really great face that I can’t help but smile at and (yes I’m going to say it) was kinda hot. Christopher Lloyd too was an added bonus, with his fester-esque expressions and surprisingly lively action scenes. I also loved Hutch’s half-brother, Harry (RZA) who for half of the film is a creepy voice that comes out of a radio in Hutch’s office. The rest of the family aren’t as fleshed out as I’d have liked, but the relationship between Hutch and his daughter is sweet.
The main baddies are Russian mobsters, classic. The main, main baddie is Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksei Serebryakov), who is mad that Hutch had targeted his brother on a bus (THE BEST SCENE). Some slightly convoluted plot ensues, involving lots of shooting, culminating in a three v many Russians battle at Hutch’s work.
All-in-all, I’d say if you like John Wick, you’ll like this. It’s silly, yes, but it’s joyful. And GET THIS, it’s 92 minutes, which in my opinion is perfect for a dark comedy thriller.
Nobody isn’t a perfect film, but I loved it, and that’s why it gets 4.5 stars.