The Escort full movie review - fun, quirky film
What we have here is a fine example of the genre, romantic comedy. Two offbeat characters meet each other due to chance, and begin a transformative affiliation, friendship, and relationship.
It is a charming film, and anyone who is a sucker for quality drama would be wrong to pass this one by, because of the wit, characters, and ultimate payoff provided.
While the two main characters are unique; an educated escort, and a hermit sex addict, what is most revealing is that they suffer from very common, contemporary problems: loneliness amidst others, inherit trust issues due to difficult experiences, and a subconscious need to find someone to love.
Finding someone you can truly trust is a tall order indeed - sometimes you think trust is there, only do discover another person won't listen to certain topics, or you bite your own tongue when a conversation gets challenging. The freedom to truly express yourself, and bare your soul takes the presence of a very special person indeed, and in my own experience not only are these people very rare, they arrive in your life when you least expect it. This is exactly the type of experience this movie gets at.
The casting is right on point. Both leads are attractive, believable, interesting, and entertaining to follow. The directing is admirable, because of the way the dialog flows from everyone involved. The comic timing may be the best quality of the film, and results in many laugh out loud moments.
While the characters are believable, it is my opinion not all the scenarios are quite to this level. This movie includes a cell phone application as a major plot point, and while the app is based in reality, the people involved are... lets just say a bit more glamorous than those who would really partake. Both characters are at the top of upper middle class, very fortunate, and perhaps do not represent a wide demographic of people who will watch the film. But who cares? They are both interesting, and so are the surrounding characters who round out the cast, and this is a movie, not reality! This is especially true regarding Bruce Campbell's character. He (the actor) is a personal favorite of mine, because he always turns in a strong performance, and while generally cast as an offbeat character - it is a genuine pleasure to see how he handles an opportunity in a more sedate role.
As I noted, the comedy is excellent, well directed, and originates from the strong writing. The dialog comes off as somewhat disjointed, in jagged releases, with wonderful beats in-between... where you can see the characters thinking. I truly wonder if this style was parenthetical in the script, or discovered in round tables during preproduction. It doesn't matter, what does is the truth of the dialog was found by everyone important, brought to locations, then captured on film.
This movie overachieves, entertains without frills, special effects, or action - just good old fashion characters, dialog, and story. Many people would have a preconception of what the movie will be by title, and cover art, and would be wrong - endearing, entertaining, and often hilarious, which is why I give it
8 out of 10.