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After Hours

After Hours
(1985, Martin Scorsese)

To me, this film felt like a nightmare. and I mean that in the best way possible. You know that dream you have, when you're late for the bus, and no matter what you do you can't catch up, that's what this film felt like to me, and I loved it.

After Hours follows average office worker Paul Hackett after he struggles to find his way home during a very long ad crazy night. This film is defiantly the outlier of Martin Scorsese's works, and it was a very interesting stray from the normal. This movie was different to Scorsese's epics like Goodfellas, Casino, or The Wolf of Wall Street because it had a much more condensed story on a much smaller scale. During the entire film, the main character only had one true goal, to get home. Much like in a nightmare, no matter what Paul Hackett, did, something went wrong, and he ended up right back where he started.

One of my favorite things about the film was the very unique and interesting cast of characters. There were so many great characters, that I can't really pick a favorite. They all stood out so well, and were incredibly different. Some of the decisions made by the characters were illogical at times, but then again, I don't think this movie was logical at all. There were plenty of unanswered questions and unexplained actions, that it ends up working in the films favor. All of these confusing actions and events allow for the film to feel like a dream, and I think that was exactly what Scorsese was going for.

Another thing that was very effective in this film was the fast paced and at some points insane editing. This was especially evident in the beginning of the film, but also appeared constantly during the end. The film also had Cheech and Chong, what more could you want!

Overall this was a fantastic movie. The acting, directing, editing, and screenplay were all fantastic. This was a fun watch, and defiantly deserved to be praised as highly if not better than some or Scorsese's other works.