May 31, 2011
You see, Everything Must Go is a character study of a man whose life has gone into free fall. It is his own fault and it is up to him to find his way out. What makes this study of a broken man all the more watchable and accessible is that it is told with a light hand and features the skills of Ferrell, yes, skills. So yes, the movie can be enjoyed by a wide audience while it goes about its story in a non-mainstream way.
Will Ferrell is Nick Halsey, a top salesman and a reformed alcoholic. Well, he was reformed but a relapse finds him out of a job, estranged from his wife and all of his possessions on the front lawn of his house (a house on which all of the locks have been changed. So, what does Nick do in the face of all of this? He looks for solace in the bottom of a bottle. Now, we all know that is not actually a solution to anything. What makes the movie entertaining is watching Nick move through stages of grief, hit rock bottom and in the bottoming out discovering what it is that he actually needs to do to move on with his life.
With the help of new neighbor Samantha (Rebecca Hall), in whom Nick sees a reflection of his own life, he finds he needs to go through a purging of the anchors that are holding him back. Quite literally, this means his stuff. So, Nick has a yard sale to go through the needed act of purging.
This is a good movie. Will Ferrell is intriguing as our main character. He has a great ability to be funny and convey genuine emotion that makes it sad that he doesn't do more work like this. While I was involved with his journey, I could not help but feel like something was missing. The problem is I have no idea what it is, I just cannot put my finger on it but it certainly felt like something else belonged. Perhaps this is my fault, but it did drag the movie down about for me. Still, this is one well worth spending time with,
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 5/31/2011 10:39:00 PM
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.