Ryan Reynolds may typically be type cast as the goof ball but in The Voices the acting in his facial expressions alone were wonderfully creepy. You’re not quite sure what is going on in his deranged mind. All the while…you are laughing. Reynolds delivery is sincere, quirky, bashful and psychotic. The Voices is a dark comedy of the right independent caliber.
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), a seemingly semi-normal, small town bachelor, spends his time working in a bathtub factory and at home with his dog and cat. A bit of luck strikes while struggling to make friends. Jerry is placed on the planning committee for the company picnic. Excited, Jerry will not only getting to meet coworkers from different departments, but he will also get to know the office bombshell Fiona (Gemma Arterton).
Smitten, Jerry falls into an obsession. Seeing Fiona as an angel. But Jerry has some issues. Mainly a scottish cat who talks to him and an oaf of a dog who also has the gift of speech. Like the devil and angel on our shoulders, Jerry must decide who to listen to. Mr. Whiskers, who as we all know (because he is a cat) is evil or Bosco the voice of reason. An accident sends Jerry’s world into a spiral of sanity vs insanity, good vs evil and cat vs dog.
The Voices touches on some dark issues but still maintains its whit and humor. To boot, the photography of the film is dark yet vibrant. Bold colors set this it off visually. The Voices will make you question sanity all the while keeping you laughing.
For those of you who love films in the dark comedy genre or if you ever loved the show Two Guy A Girl And A Pizza Place, I Jason do solemnly swear The Voices will not disappoint.