BUSTER’S MAL HEART REVIEWED
“Buster’s Mal Heart” is about a hotel concierge that might be losing his mind. The film allows Rami Malek to flex a little acting muscle outside of the safety of “Mr. Robot”. Unfortunately, we find feels like those quirky studio “indie” films that were the rage in the late 90s/early 00s. Everybody is a weirdo, colorful characters appear out of nowhere and the narrator/lead is always unreliable. So, where does that leave the viewer?
Well, depending on your appreciation of Malek…not very far. While Rami Malek is the highlight of the movie, everything he does feels predestined. Nothing is established that explains away his behaviors or sudden ability to change gears. What we get is a film that fights its hardest to be odd without fighting to work as a feature. There’s a great film under the surface that is fighting to emerge. Naturally, I’d expect to see it become a minor cult favorite in a few years.
The film tries to split its focus three different ways, but that doesn’t help. Honestly, it almost feels like the director screaming out that she doesn’t know what’s going on either. In another world, it would’ve been a lesser Jeff Nichols movie.
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track