I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore: Have You Ever Been Disappointed That A Movie Was Just Good?
By Dave B.
Watching I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix) is an interesting experience. I would call it a dark comedy crime drama. Yeah, I think that makes sense. The protagonist, Ruth, is a mild-mannered nursing assistant who becomes fed up with how horrible people are when her house gets robbed. After the police prove unmotivated to help her, she decides to track down and confront the perpetrator(s) herself.
The movie seems to be about finding purpose and connection in a world where most people are at least somewhat horrible. It’s funny and clever. There is brutally shocking and unexpected violence that feels appropriate in the context of the film. The acting was above average to great and the plot was…not exactly relatable, but something that viewers can empathize with. I enjoyed it while I was watching it. In theory, I should be giving this movie a rave review and just going on with my day. However, there is a difference between theory and application.
Upon reflection, I decided that I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore tries to do a bit too much, thematically. While watching it, I felt that perhaps the movie had hidden depths and that post-viewing reflection would reveal them to me. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that, despite its good qualities, the film is actually fairly shallow. Maybe that was the point. I don’t know. What I do know is that “people suck”, “nihilism”, and “hope” are great ingredients, but they can be difficult to combine into a great meal. In short, this movie provided me with neither a mental nor an emotional catharsis. Not all movies need to provide one, but I think that this particular movie may have been more satisfying if it had done so.
I think this is one of those movies where opinions on its quality will vary greatly. I’m going to recommend I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore despite being disappointed about it not necessarily having the deeper meaning in the end that the rest of the movie led me to expect. My expectations may have been too high. Maybe I just didn’t get whatever the deeper meaning may have been. What matters most (to me) is that I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it. However, my advice is to not think about this movie too much after watching it. Doing so may spoil the taste for you. 6.5/10
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