Thursday, March 4, 2021

Pixie (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Pixie

The Director: Barnaby Thompson

The Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Alec Baldwin

The Story: On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads.

The Review:
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I really liked the idea of  the story and the cast is just so good so there's no way it wasn't going to be good, right? I suppose it could have gone sideways by being too over the top or too corny for its own good and there are a lot of ways the story could have just been bad. Fortunately, none of that was the case and I really enjoyed everything about it. From the very beginning, the tone is set that this is going to be a wild, bullet riddled ride filled with some really fun twists and turns and Alec Baldwin is a drug dealing murderous priest.

Olivia Cooke is becoming a seriously bankable movie star with great performances in movies like Ready Plyer One and Sound of Metal and this role as Pixie O-Brien really gives her a chance to show off an edgier type of character. As much as I've liked her in other films, I think this is the first time I've thought to myself that she has serious potential to be a strong leading actor for years to come. The fact that she is going to be one of the lead actors in the upcoming Game of Thrones spin off series will give her another huge step forward in her Hollywood takeover bid. Along for the ride are Ben Hardy and Daryl McCormack as Frank and Harland, a couple of young men have big dreams but no idea how to accomplish them.

One of the best things about this movie is that it never takes itself seriously giving it a very carefree feel to it that just adds to the fun, especially when all hell breaks loose in the explosive finale. The pacing is pretty much non stop from beginning to end and, while you might be able to guess how everything is going to wrap up, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way that keep things interesting. I feel like there are a lot of Irish crime comedies out there and a movie like this could easily get lost in the shuffle although director Barnaby Thompson's film easily stands on its own with great characters and a genuinely fun story.

The Verdict:
Pixie dusts the competition with a trunk load of ammunition, a bag full of attitude, and a cast of colorful characters who are all on a drug fueled mission to kill or be killed.

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