Results – Sydney Film Festival Review
Over at The Essential I have written about the great new Andrew Bualski film Results.
The so-called godfather of mumblecore remains true to his off-the-beaten-track aesthetic with this step toward the mainstream inResults, a rom-com with a typically Andrew Bujalski twist on the mainstream genre. Given that romantic comedy is arguably the most maligned (and I’d argue misunderstood) of the Hollywood genres, it makes sense for Bujalski to start his mainstream career there, working with genre in the same way he works with characters. Romantic comedy is a genre that appreciates people’s foibles and uses them to advance plot, and given the filmmaking context of the director of Computer Chess and Funny Ha Ha, it’s easy to see why the rom-com might appeal to such a filmmaker.
Results starts early to reveal itself as more than a straightforwardboy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy loses and then gets girlstyle of film, though ostensibly it sticks the formula as all good genre films should. Bujalski works with the tropes of the genre as well as the unacknowledged rules of rom-com, particularly that of star power, exemplified in films such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the second incarnation), which are as much about placing a previously unintroduced Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the screen to see if they sizzle as it is about the characters they portray.