STARRING: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
Fancy competing against Ryan Reynolds for a lady’s affections? Dream the fuck on. But in The Voices, Reynolds swaps his usual quick-talking alpha male for a lonely singleton you just know goes home every night to a Pot Noodle and a wank.
Obsessed with office hottie Fiona (Gemma Arterton – who wouldn’t be), Jerry’s crush is more interested in karaoke with her pals than playing footsy under the desk. Unfortunately for him (and Fiona), things quickly spiral out of control when the socially awkward man-child starts asking his pets for love tips. The idiot.
You see, Jerry has issues. And we’re talking serious Norman Bates mummy issues here. He also conveniently keeps ‘forgetting’ to take his medication, meaning the lovable psychopath can chat with his pets. First up is Mr. Whiskers, a fucking evil ginger cat with a mouth fouler than fellow Scot Frankie Boyle’s. If he’s the devil on his owner’s shoulders, well, soppy pooch Bosco is the loyal angel. Both voiced by Reynolds – a huge ‘fuck you’ to those who ever doubted his talent – these furry critters are the film’s secret weapon. A nomination for Mr. Whiskers at next year’s Oscars, please.
The Voices is pretty bleak, but director Marjane Satrapi knows exactly what she’s doing, expertly balancing the laughs and the super-grim. Reynolds is also genuinely terrifying at times, so between this and his Deadpool movie FINALLY FUCKING HAPPENING, everything’s coming up Reynolds.
IN A NUTSHELL: American Psycho
Star Rating: 5
Out March 20th.
Catch our interview with director Marjane Satrapi in the next issue of FRONT, out March 26th.