Sword of Trust (2019)
August 5, 2019 9:23 AM - Subscribe

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

Lynn Shelton pulls off a Trump-era Wizard of Oz adventure set in suburban Alabama. Yellow bricked roads are confederate conspiracy con games on WhatsApp, our Tin Man is an internet obsessed flat-earther and Dorothy has a gun strapped to her ankle, a wife with Israeli defense training and lost her house not to a tornado, but to post-recession reverse mortgages and Alzheimer's.

It's quite the trick, this screenplay. Imagine the Dardennes brothers morality plays as twisted through a Matt Groening lens, but with the heart intact.

Right beside the laughs (and there are plenty. Many brilliant improvisations on our current culture's simple inability to converse with anyone anymore) are the opioid crisis, the recession, misogyny, homophobia, white nationalism, the poverty of the South, an aging health crisis, disinformation, death of the community, and guns, guns, guns, guns and guns. Also bonus brilliant To Kill A Mockingbird throwbacks with Marc Maron fulfilling as a proxy ingenue Scout.
posted by Harry Caul (1 comment total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Maron did the music for the film, too. This was a great movie. I loved every second. I hope Maron gets an award nod or two for this.

And I really like Jillian Bell. Idiotsitter was a guilty pleasure. She could really make me laugh. She had great chemistry with Michela Watkins in this. It was a tight and smart ensemble covering a lot of ground but not dwelling on anything.

Though, I never would have gotten into that van. Floor to ceiling shag? That's when I wondered if this was about to get dark. Glad it didn't.
posted by Stanczyk at 12:35 PM on September 2


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