The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman – Review

Self-proclaimed as a “psychological romantic dramedy”, it’s worrying that such a baffling genre description manages to be only slightly less pompous than the film being described. The story of a grieving twentysomething who ventures to Bucharest and becomes mixed up with a mobster’s wife, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman is ultimately nothing more than a mind-numbingly dull exercise in cinematic pretension.

Throwing himself head-first into the role, it’s hard to find fault in Shia LaBeouf’s performance; the titular character himself however is another matter entirely. A thinly sketched caricature of a rounded human being, Countryman himself is symptomatic of a film so immersed in its indie-hipster sensibilities that it becomes increasingly difficult to pick out much of a plot – despite the third act ramping up momentum in a very half-hearted attempt to do so.

Following Nymphomaniac, it’s another baffling choice for a baffling actor; but The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman isn’t baffling, it’s just rubbish.

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In it
Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen
Behind it
Frederik Bond

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