So we are a day away from the set of new releases and I thought to squeeze in another film from my long pending watchlist. So last night after much deliberation I decided to zero in on an English film Pig. It was a film whose name I had come across on a cinephile page. The reason why I had been delaying watching it was that I kind of felt that its plot was similar to John Wick. But with rave reviews and a high rotten tomatoes score, I was sold. And so I decided to give it a shot, is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Pig follows the story of a truffle hunter whose life changes once his beloved pig is kidnapped. Will he be able to find it? The story is unlike what I had expected it to be. I had expected it to be a run on the mill kind of action film. However, the ‘meat’ that I was served is more organic and melancholic and moreover a story of a loner that just has his pig for company. The screenplay is taut but moves at a leisurely pace. The premise might seem pretty simple and straight forward, but the screenplay has its own form of intricacies. The sequence of events is what will keep you glued to your screens yet the emotional thread which is maintained throughout is heartfelt and something that is relatable, considering the fact that you are searching for that one thing that was dear to you. But I did also expect mild twists and turns along the way. What worked only partially for me was the predictability of the screenplay. While the clues and the mystery ties the film together, I was expecting a shocker in certain parts. So it did get me a while to realise that this isn’t that film. It is far too rooted to reality than I ever would have imagined it to be. But what did impress me was the emotional angle which was filled with pain and regret that truly hid many of the minor flaws of the screenplay. The note on which the film ends is heartbreaking and extremely heartfelt and definitely sends you off in that zone of loneliness and pathos. Overall, a well written screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite well written and they leave a desired impact. The BGM is gentle and heart touching but also pulsating at different points in the drama. Director Michael Sarnoski has done a terrific job here. Not only does he follow an unconventional route in the narrative but also fills you with so many emotions at the end. He is in full control throughout as the film stays true to its nature and doesn’t try to be something that it isn’t. A great job done.
The performances are excellent here. Adam Arkin as Darius is terrific particularly in the climax. Alex Wolff as Amir is wonderfully restrained and done a splendid job here. But it is Nicolas Cage as Rob who steals the show in perhaps the best performance of his career. He never shows his rage, instead it is more internalized, he rarely emotes yet is filled with remorse, regret and pathos. The loneliness which he showcases makes you feel every inch of it. This is an excellent acting masterclass if ever there was one.
Pig is a melancholic drama filled with heartfelt emotions that is totally worth your time. Do not go in expecting a John Wick, this ain’t that film!