I honestly don’t even know where to start… Victor Goodview is a film. Barely.
It’s actually more along the lines of 90 minutes of sheer hell. And not the fun kind of hell that a decent horror film would provide. Victor Goodview is a movie that tries to send a message through a plot that’s more along the lines of a series of vignettes, rather than a narrative. It also has some terrible camera work. This film was obviously someone’s passion project and obviously suffers from more heart than talent.
Victor Goodview begins following the titular character Victor as he goes about his day to day life. It’s a terrible existence, and it’s never quite explained why Victor doesn’t just kill himself. We quickly find out that Victor is unemployed, makes a habit of shoplifting from the local supermarket, does crack with his only friend Black, and is constipated. He gets a job interview at a coffee shop, which is about the only positive thing that happens to him.
Somehow, this movie is supposed to be a black comedy. There are scenes in the film that try to be funny, like early on when the security guard is removing a large amount of meat from his coat, or when his neighbor tries to make him a cure for his constipation and ends up letting her daughter watch him pee. Honestly, how the latter is funny I don’t know, but it appears to be played for laughs.
At best, there might be something here if you excised the ten-minute long scene in a stairwell between Victor, Black, and a crackwhore that doesn’t do much to advance the plot, or perhaps edit the camera shots where it goes out of focus. Actually no, there’s nothing here. This was a waste of my time watching it, and everyone involved with it. Though I can imagine it’ll be lauded by others, perhaps trying to find some abstract meaning that you somehow have to search your inner psyche to understand. These are the same people who could probably be persuaded to see the Virgin Mary formed from the sweat that’s soaked through a t-shirt.
Victor Goodview is by and large an example of “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” Whereas other independent films have done a lot more with a lot less (think Clerks or Slacker), this manages to have a lot of resources (locations and a fairly large and diverse cast) and does hardly anything with it. I’ll give the film credit for the use of its locations. It purveys a grim landscape that these characters exist in, but that’s the only concession I’ll make to this black hole of my time.
To put it bluntly, watch anything else instead of this.
Victor Goodview is currently playing in New York City, their Facebook page has your updated showtimes if you want to take the plunge.
Note: This film was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgment or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.