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Pixie DVD Review

“Pixie” is familiar, but fun.

Directed by Barnaby Thompson, “Pixie” is an ensemble Irish crime-comedy. Without spoiling everything that happens in this interconnected movie, I’ll just say the plot involves stolen drugs, 2 rival gangster factions (The O’Briens and the McGraths), dead bodies, 2 young guys (Frank and Harland), revenge, and the calculating titular young woman at the center of it all.

“Pixie” plays like a cross between a Guy Ritchie movie, the Ocean’s series, and the McDonagh brothers films such as “The Guard.” If you’re a fan of all of that, you’ll find the Preston Thompson scripted story to be a quirky, fast paced, crime caper. If you’re looking for something new and innovative, well, maybe this movie isn’t for you. 

Knock-offs are nothing new to the film industry as studios, production companies and filmmakers chase trends. Sometimes these movies can strike gold and sometimes they come off as pale imitations. “Pixie” manages to be familiar while also being its own movie. The fusion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope into a crime drama/long con storyline is at least a fresh take in this genre so it deserves some credit in that regard. All the other moving pieces in the story are a bit too convenient and predictable, but Barnaby Thompson still pulls it off with his stylish direction and brisk pacing.

A lot of the film’s success is due to the cast. Olivia Cooke is a charming and charismatic lead as Pixie. She deserves far more starring roles. Alec Baldwin might have a goofy Irish accent but he does bring some star power to the movie. Colm Meaney has always been a quality character actor and that statement holds true here. Ben Hardy and Daryl McCormack both shine as friends who are way out of their depth.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? “Pixie” gets a solid standard definition transfer. Sorry folks, no Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The audio is a bit too soft at times, but it’s an adequate track.

The lone extra is a Digital copy

May 16, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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