PLOT: Two greatest mates (Jerrod Carmichael & Christopher Abbott) make a pact to finish their lives, however first they resolve to spend their final day tying up unfastened ends and settling a pair of scores.
REVIEW: Suicide is a tricky topic to make a film about, a lot much less an admittedly darkish comedy. It’s the directorial debut of Jerrod Carmichael, coming off of his acclaimed collection, The Carmichael Show, and he actually didn’t select aneasy subject for his first characteristic. The script, by Ari Katcher & Ryan Welch, took house the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at this 12 months’s Sundance, and it’s a provocative, entertaining movie that’s nonetheless hampered by an unwieldy third act that ends the movie on a bitter be aware.
The downside with On the Count of Three is that it desires you to suppose that it’s propelling in the direction of a seemingly inevitable climax, with the two agreeing to shoot one another by the finish of the day, however just one of the characters truly appears suicidal. That could be Christopher Abbott’s Kevin, who’s been out and in of establishments his entire life and offers off the impression of actually being at the finish of his rope. Abbott is an intense, ferocious actor who sells the premise. Not so for Carmichael’s Val, who comes off as confused greater than something. You by no means actually get the notion that he’s going to undergo with it, however the movie begins backing him right into a nook as the two get right into a world of bother on what’s speculated to be their final day.
Their massive mission for the day is that they’re going to kill the psychiatrist who molested Kevin as a baby, with him performed by Henry Winkler in a task that’s manner, manner, manner towards sort. I by no means purchased that the good Val would ever go down the street, and even the suicide pact the place they plan to shoot one another feels wildly impractical, once more making me suppose that the entire premise is greater than just a little half-baked.
That mentioned, you associate with it for the most half because of the performances. Even if I didn’t consider his character was suicidal, Carmichael is a terrific actor. Some of his massive dramatic moments actually work, reminiscent of his confrontations together with his abusive dad (performed by a terrific J.B. Smoove), and ex (Tiffany Haddish in a tiny half). Abbott, together with his wiry depth, is extra convincing as a man on the edge, however as the movie goes on Val begins to really feel a bit like Kevin’s sufferer, culminating in a scene the place he makes use of a racial slur, a merciless second that didn’t strike me as the manner this life-long greatest pal would discuss to his buddy, irrespective of how dire their straits.
It all provides as much as a climax that’s written off as no massive deal however is shattering to some extent, even when it appears like the movie doesn’t fairly notice it. Overall, it’s an unsteady however nonetheless worthwhile and entertaining debut for Carmichael, who I feel does have an important profession in entrance of him as each a director and an actor.