Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment the type you would expect from a young bachelor with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. Jerry immediately takes a liking to Fiona and excitedly goes home to tell his pets about her. And surprisingly, they answer. But all this is just the beginning of an insanely bizarre and twisted tale.
Ryan Reynolds has had a pretty rough go of things the past few years. While he has gotten time and time again to be a leading man it has resulted in not only less critical acclaim but dwindling results at the box office. Whether it’s been the wrong script, poor choices or a mix of both he hasn’t connected with audiences like you think he would. It’s a shame too because he has been in some great movies. He’s shown how funny he can be in comedies like Just Friends and Adventureland. The Voices is a perfect example of his versatility.
While The Voices does play into Reynolds’ natural comedic ability they don’t go for the typical cocky smart ass every other comedy asks of him. Instead we get a more naive yet mentally distubed character in Jerry. I know those two characteristics sound counter intuitive but it totally works. A big part of this is do to his voice work as his pets. Bosco, his dog, is very much a voice of reason trying to keep him on the staight and narrow. His cat, Mr Wiskers, is more nefarious urging him to give in and kill. Reynolds does a great job portraying the two pets as they try to influence Jerry. While the cast is great and everybody does their part it is Reynolds that has to carry the project and he does it with beautifully.
The other interesting thing about the movie is how visually striking it is. Directed by Marjane Satrapi the film has a peculiar, dream like quality to it. While I don’t want to spoil why that is but I will say it’s absolutely genius. These visuals are helped by an absolutely great script. Written by Michael R. Perry it’s a perfect blend of black comedy, drama and even a bit of horror. Combined these elements create a world that is weird, cheerful and most importantly original. A rare commodity in the same-old-same-old worlds of horror and comedy.
On the surface The Voices is a weird hodge podge of a movie. The director, Marjan Saterapi the creator and director of the the Academy Award winning film Persepolis. It stars floundering, if terribly underrated, actor Ryan Reynolds. The cast was rounded out by Gemma Areterton, Anna Kendrick and the producer of Dredd and The Grey Adi Shankar. It’s a black comedy about a serial killer who talks to his pets written by the guy who wrote Paranormal Activity 2. For all intents and purposes it shouldn’t work. Yet somehow it all comes together.