Static

Static ★★★★

Static is a singular film. A fascinating trip through quirky Americana, which never quite settles into a mode of storytelling. A comic-drama at its heart, it is both too weird to be only contained by that, and not especially surreal despite the premise. I don't want to spoil the twist, I don't want to spoil what he is building in there, because that reveal is absolutely jaw-dropping. However, it is the sneaky emotional heft that I was left with, that and the incredible gut-punch ending. The film starts with almost a music video before departing that stage with Amanda Plummer and picking up Keith Gordon in a crucifix factory. Gordon is fantastic in the film, as he often was in the 1980s. He turned himself into quite an impressive director shortly after this film, but I will always love him as an actor who excelled for Brian De Palma and John Carpenter. This could be his best performance though, all of the scene of him on the bus in the third act are played completely against expectation and completely perfectly. Static is a wonderful oddity. It should be much easier to see. Mark Romanek should embrace his best feature film, with its hints of David Byrne's True Stories.