There are many things that go into making a movie great, such as the performances, cinematography and story. You can have one or two of those things be fantastic, but if you fail on the last part, story, you pretty much are out of luck. Felt, a movie that has a fantastic performance from first-time actress Amy Everson, is a movie that to me, fails on the story and delivers something that I could not care for. It may have won awards and tons of praise, but in my book, it was complete and utter nonsense, leading up to a predictable ending that lands flat. After the end credits rolled around, I felt I wasted my time with this one.
RUN-TIME: 80 min
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1
AUDIO: 5.1 Dolby Digital
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish
PRODUCTION DATE: 2014
RELEASE DATE: Sept 1st, 2015
|Not pictured: A giant cock.|
From acclaimed director Jason Banker (TOAD ROAD) and based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson comes the “unshakeable” (Movie Mezzanine), “surreal” (Entertainment Weekly) and “stunning” (Ain’t It Cool News) feminist thriller about a woman on the edge: As she struggles to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, Amy (Everson, in her movie debut) creates grotesquely-costumed alter egos that give her a sense of power. But when she starts a new relationship with a seemingly nice guy (Kentucker Audley of AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS), her vulnerability comes at a cost, and those alter egos lash out, threatening to lead her down a nightmarish path of vengeance.
Felt is about the story of a girl, Amy (first-time actress Amy Everson,) who has experienced a traumatic event that is never explained, and her link with reality starts to break. She starts forming these alter egos, which usually just consist of leotards and a big ol’ strap on cock. Amy spends most of her time out in the woods, prancing around in this outfit. When she isn’t being all weird, which is rare it seems, she is hanging out with friends and being that person you just want to punch. (You know the one I mean, the one with a cartoonish voice and seems like she is high on some sort of drug.) Amy eventually meets a guy, Kenny (Kentucker Audley) and falls in love. However, it turns out all man are evil or something. I don’t know and I don’t care.
Look, I know rape is a bad thing. It’s an evil, vile and disgusting act and should never be condoned. Felt fails at delivering that message appropriately. By making the lead character a psychotic nut job, any sort of message about the evils of men is thrown out the window. It’s clear that the agenda here is to paint a picture that men treat women like objects and the only way Amy can feel accepted, is by fantasizing about being a man. It is true that a lot of women are treated unfairly, but there are certainly better ways of conveying that message that don’t involve a psycho prancing around with a fake cock.
Anchor Bay Canada has released Felt on DVD only, which after watching the film, I couldn’t care less about seeing it on Blu-ray if it was available. The DVD looks fine and the included Dolby Digital 5.1 audio really brings the sounds of that fake cock to life. No special features included.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
– “Sadly” none.
Felt has an audience that clearly loves what Director Jason Banker delivered, but for me, I would rather spend my time doing something else. Maybe I missed the point of the flick, or I’m not smart enough to grasp the hidden meaning behind it; either that or the movie just sucks.