Josh Johnson reviews Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY at SXSW Film Festival

“Director Rick Alverson shows considerable control over the proceedings, always stretching a scene to the breaking point without losing the tension he has worked so hard to build. He has created a work that many will reject but that also shows a thoughtfulness and an awareness of modern social structures that most dramatic films can only pretend at. He has fearlessly captured the confusion, isolation, and inability to connect that plagues many people but he also has the intelligence to avoid offering definitive explanations. It is enough to accurately present the dilemma and to that end THE COMEDY is a masterpiece of observation.”