The Square/Spider—Movie

Get to the movie theatre on time for The Square to ensure you see Spider, the short preceding it. Both movies are the work of the Edgerton Brothers, a dynamic sibling, movie-making team from Australia.

“It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”  What are we to make of this first screen shot? Spider, shown at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival, made quite an impression then and it still does. When shown in conjunction with The Square you get a great insight into the creative minds of this Australian duo. Written by Nash Edgerton and David Michod, Spider centers around a young couple, Jack and Jill, in midst of a lover’s quarrel as they’re out for a drive in Australia. When Jill (Mirrah Foulkes) pulls over for gas, Jack (Nash Edgerton) goes inside the convenience store to buy a make-up gift, a gift that keeps on giving in delightfully black, comedic payoffs.

Now take what you’ve learned from Spider and fast-forward to The Square, written by Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner and directed by Nash Edgerton. Part drama, part mystery and completely involving, The Square is the story of married, middle-aged construction firm owner, Raymond Yale (David Roberts) and his affair with the married, younger Carla Smith (Claire van der Boom). With both love and work problems, Raymond has to be the unluckiest man on the face of the earth. His affair comes with so much baggage, it would need a fork-lift to move it and eventually bleeds into his work issues.

The acting, the story, the pacing…it’s all perfect. David Roberts is so good you actually feel sorry for him (look for Joel Edgerton as Billy in a small, but critical role). You’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time, wondering what will happen next. Previews for The Square compare Joel and Nash Edgerton to America’s Coen Brothers. That’s a lazy comparison. There might be some Coen Brothers’ flavoring, but there’s some Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock mixed in which makes the Edgertons uniquely their own genre. I cannot wait to see what they do next and, believe me, you’ll feel the same way.

4 nuggets out of 4—The Square

4 nuggets out of 4—Spider

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