2018 Film Challenge: 7. Fast Food Nation

I downloaded this a while ago, mostly because it’s a Richard Linklater film. Reviews are generally quite mediocre, so I didn’t have high expectations, but that probably meant that I enjoyed it more than I otherwise might have done. You see a few different characters’ stories in relation to a fast food chain; from the Mexican migrant workers to the company executives. It’s not high-drama, it’s generally quite subtle, as Linklater films generally are, but personally I quite like that. It could be improved by having more Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, but hey, what couldn’t?

Here are the bullet-pointed thoughts I had whilst watching:

  • Mmmmmm poo burgers
  • Mmmmmm cows
  • What do I know that guy from? Ah, Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Is this going to put me off burgers?
  • Patricia Arquette!
  • When is Ethan Hawke going to appear?
  • There’s a meth lab? I thought earlier that it reminded me of a Breaking Bad landscape.
  • Aghhh, rats! I think that would be my reaction too, dude.
  • Bruce Willis! The cast in this film is crazy.
  • Ethan Hawke!!! And in a scene with Patricia Arquette. Was Boyhood being filmed at this time? Quite likely I guess.
  • This scene in the bar really reminds me of Boyhood, actually.
  • That was easily my favourite scene so far. I love Ethan Hawke.
  • Don’t wash? Ew.
  • That is not a sexy location
  • Hee hee, it’s Avril Lavigne
  • Aghhhhhhhhhhh
  • Oh god, what are they going to make her do?
  • That looks like something out of Hannibal
  • That ending!
  • Oh, there’s a bit more. Is that the end now?
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 7. Fast Food Nation

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    I’ve never read the book that this is (loosely) based on, and I’d never seen the film before either (though I’ve owned the DVD for a while – it’s another I picked up stupidly cheap in CeX). As I’ve liked the other Richard Linklater films I’ve seen, I decided to give it a watch on Saturday.

    In general I liked this film, although I did feel that it kind of ended without really tying up any of the loose ends of the various sub plots. I did find the characters quite compelling though in general. I’d been to see Lady Bird earlier in the day, and oddly in some ways, Amber’s story sort of reminded me of that in parts (I watched Dunkirk in between, can’t say there were many parallels with that one though!).

    The ending really was quite unpleasant to watch too! Overall, I enjoyed this, and would definitely watch it again.

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