Joshy Blu-ray Review
“Joshy” is a solid mumblecore indie drama-comedy.
In “Joshy,” the titular character is engaged to be married until his bride to be tragically commits suicide. The movie jumps ahead 4 months where we discover that the planned bachelor party weekend at an Ojai home had not been canceled. Since they can’t get their deposit back, Joshy and his friends decide to have it anyway as a way to have a fun and relaxing “guy’s weekend.” Of course, it doesn’t quite go that way. As they wander, meet people, take drugs, get visitors, screw around, have sex, shoot the breeze, and yes, even play a board game, the characters all seem to be dealing with their own emotional drama.
At first glance, writer/director Jeff Baena’s “Joshy” seems like a meandering hipster indie guy bonding movie and, to some extent, that is certainly true. However, I think there’s more to it than just it being an indie guy’s movie. Sure, the film may not have mass appeal, but it’s a generally engaging human drama-comedy with a very unusual rhythm and storytelling style that jumps around from character to character. This free flowing style can be problematic at times as it feels like some characters are underserviced, but once you get accustomed to everything, it’s hard not to just go with it and enjoy the often comical dialogue, the characterization, and strange situations that arise.
One thing that everyone can agree on about “Joshy” is that it certainly has one impressive ensemble cast that includes Thomas Middleditch, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Kroll, Paul Reiser, Lauren Graham, Jenny Slate, Alison Brie, Adam Pally, Jake Johnson, Brett Gelman, Joe Swanberg, among others. Every actor has their moment, but it’s Nick Kroll and Thomas Middleditch who are the highlights here. Kroll steals every scene he is in as the party animal Eric. Middleditch shows some real range as the grief stricken Joshy who is trying to move on with his life. It’s a real departure from his usually awkward characters like on the hilarious “Silicon Valley.”
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc boasts a crisp hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect some music, but mostly lots of dialogue, dialogue, and more dialogue. It’s a fine track but it doesn’t have much to do.
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* A laidback and insightful commentary by Thomas Middleditch, Jeff Baena, and Adam Pally. Discussions range from studio logos, the inspiration for the story, behind-the-scenes stories, haircuts, characters, cut scenes, and more.
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