Director: Paco Cabezas
On paper, Mr. Right shouldn’t work. The romance, devised by film writer Max Landis (Chronicle (2012)), is at the best of times lunacy, and the characters that fuel the narrative are illogical and out of their minds. Yet despite this all of this, the story keeps moving from beat to beat in a quick paced and extremely fun way.
Martha (Anna Kendrick) is a mess following a nasty breakup with her boyfriend, and finds happiness with a quirky guy (Sam Rockwell) who tells stories about killing people—the audience is encouraged to believe he is a hitman. The beautiful thing about Landis’ script is the way these characters defy basic logic, and yet do so in a completely acceptable way. If a guy doesn’t want to tell you his name you stop dating him right? Apparently not. This gives Martha only a slight pause, which in most films could be seen as stupid characters being stupid, but in the world of Mr. Right it is easy to believe these decisions and continue to enjoy the story.
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The glue that holds together this insane story is made up of the lead actors. Rockwell is charming (in the wierdest way) as the dancing, namehating, happy hitman Francis; and Kendrick shines as the flamboyant and self-destructive Martha. Although both hold their own in scenes, the film is infinitely better in when they are together. They have fantastic chemistry and comedic timing, and they are just so damn adorable, especially when walking side by side in matching Thing One and Thing Two shirts. Unfortunately, some of the secondary cast are left underused, particularly Tim Roth, whose evil hitman character could really have used more time and expansion.
In the end watching Landis’s script unfold on screen is extremely fun, and the great actors play interesting characters in a completely illogical world—it offers quite the experience.