The following review should be considered NSFW due to language and pretty bloody imagery
"Why have a civilization if we're no longer interested in being civilized" - Frank Murdoch
God Bless America is an incredibly insightful (yet ironic) look into the culture of our modern day society in which we praise the least talented and most idiotic as we see main character, Frank Murdoch (Joel Murray) slowly mentally collapse as he is driven more and more insane by this social degradation until one day he decides that he's had enough and decides to kill all these idiotic "celebrities" that have corrupted modern culture.
Trailer for the film
I'm not going to beat around the bush here. I LOVE this movie. No really, I LOVED this movie. It's almost as if this movie was made for someone like me. You see, I'm someone who thinks that society has skewed viciously away from what it should be with thanks to shows and people such as The Kardashians, 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore hell lets face it, everything on the modern MTV line up, The X Factor. I'm sure you see where I'm going with this. I hate modern society. Maybe it's just because I grew up watching shows like Viva La Bam and Jackass and they've now been replaced with teenage girls who can't keep their fecking legs closed or maybe it's just because I hate this tumour of stupidity which has infected modern day life but that's just my opinion. That's why I was originally pulled in by this movie, because it's main vibe completely melded with my current view of society and I couldn't help but feel...warm and fuzzy.
One of the recurring jokes is a parody of the likes of FOX news... You can almost smell the republicans anger...
To start with, the script in this film was mind numbingly hilarious. It's written for people like me, who have a dark sense of humour. Someone who can laugh at teenage girls being shot and watching parodies of people you hate such as the Westboro Baptist Church, get completely obliterated on screen. The violence is akin to that of Shaun Of The Dead, minus the zombies of course. Within the first five minutes, I was crying with laughter and was saying "Holy shit, how the fuck did they just get away with showing that". The laughter continued for much of the film and there was recurrences of the same reaction that I had at the beginning of the film wondering really how the fuck they got away with making this film without an outpour of controversy. The acting from both Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr (Who plays Franks teen side kick) is about as good as it could get in a comedy movie meaning that we won't be seeing any Oscars or Golden Globes heading their way but they still both made it and entertaining ride. In particular I thought that Joel Murray's performance was very impressive as I felt he really connected with the character really well. The same can't be said for Tara Lynne Barr as we simply don't really get to see any scenes with her showing any emotion other than sheer joy from killing celebrities/plotting to kill them.
This movie really was an amazing film for me, It had a lot of laughs, it really appealed to me what with the whole anti MTV and X Factor vibe and has left me reserving a special place for this film in my list of favourite movies. This is a film for anyone who hates the likes of the shows mentioned above however for those of you missing that crucial part of your brain called a brain and actually enjoy these shows, you most likely won't enjoy seeing parodies of your favourite people being gunned down viciously. In conclusion I'd give this film 8.5/10 as the acting in some cases left a little to be desired.
One of the gory scenes I mentioned earlier. You don't want to know what all that blood is from...
In conclusion... GOD BLESS AMERICA!