The Safdie Brothers wants you to have a 'Good Time'
Everyone loves a good old-fashioned pulp thriller, and the Safdie brothers have brought back the magic of that genre with their film "Good Time" starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Taliah Webster, Buddy Duress, and Ben Safdie. The directing sibling duo and cast members of the film stopped by BUILD Series earlier this month to discuss the movie.
The film follows Constantine "Connie" Nikas (Robert Pattinson) who after a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, he embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Connie finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
"It was kind of our original intent like let's make a movie that a 16-year-old or 17-year old self would love," says Josh Safdie while discussing the film's development. "Before we started writing the movie, we downloaded every episode of Cops. Believe it or not, there are 25 seasons."
"I think this movie is about a winner who never wins and someone who is heroic. As despicable as some of the things he does, I find him to be heroic, and it forces you to ask yourself, 'What would I do in those scenarios? What lengths would I go to truly be heroic in a way?' You can't know what your characters are going to do unless you know the characters."
Newcomer Taliah Webster shares her experience working with Pattinson on the film, "Working with Rob was just great cause I saw every single Twilight movie, owned every team vampire and team werewolf poster. I was like its just Rob like oh my gosh! How can this be my first thing and working with Rob."
Surprised, the Safdie Brothers claim from their POV, "During rehearsal, Taliah acted like she could give two s**ts about Rob. She was listening to music in one ear and looking at her phone like, 'okay yeah that's cool,' and just moving on."
Upon talking about the praise of his performance, Pattinson speaks about his process comparing it to jumping into the deep end. "I wanted to jump from the deep ends and into some rapids because I wanted to get over inhibitions."
As Robert Pattinson commands the screen with his performance, Josh & Ben Safdie's Good Time is an entertainingly intense caper thriller that is meant to be seen on a big screen.
'Good Time' is in theaters now in select theaters and expands nationwide Aug 25th.