“I have nothing left but to destroy you!”Review by Lewis Goodall
AAAAAAAAAAAAND WELCOME TO TONIGHTS MAIN EVENT!!! TONIGHT IN THE RING WE HAVE SANDRA OH, PLAYING VERONICA, A WEALTHY, STAY AT HOME WIFE WHO CELEBRATES IN THE SUCCESS OF HER UNHAPPY HUSBAND. IN THE OTHER CORNER WE HAVE ANNE HECHE, PLAYING ASHLEY. A STRUGGLING ARTIST TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING PAINTING VULGAR IMAGES THAT CAN RANGE FROM A BUNCH OF DEAD PEOPLE TO AN ELEPHANT DELIVERING A BABY WITH ITS TRUNK. BOTH OF THESE CONTENDERS WENT TO COLLEGE TOGETHER BUT CIRCUMSTANCES DRIFTED THEM APART. NOW THEY FIND THEMSELVES AT THE SAME SOCIAL GATHERING WHERE THE TWO CLASH. FROM THERE A PURE MESS OF MOLTEN HATRED BREWS BETWEEN THE TWO AS THEY GO HEAD TO HEAD. WHO WILL COME UP ON TOP? THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!……… go and watch it for yourself I guess
What strikes me first with this film is the selling point. The balls this film had. This film says to me right off the bat that it is a mix between the violence of ‘Fight Club’ mixed with the comedic timing of ‘Arrested Development’. These are two of my favourite things in the world, so naturally a mix of the two, hell yeah, put that on my plate and I’ll eat that whole, thank you very much. All excited for this film and maybe I just got my hopes up but felt pretty much like a boring fight that doesn’t end by knock out but rather on points. Let’s face it, everyone wants to see a knock out.
As I said in the beginning chant. This film is about two college friends who stopped seeing one another. Circumstances have brought the two together and a massive resentment for each other builds instantly as sly comments about life choices are thrown at each other . Both the main fighters, Sandra and Anne do a great job at creating characters you can get invested into but also come to hate at the same time. Naturally with an fight you’re gonna be biased to one fighter or another, either because you’re a fan of the fighter because you’ve followed them through their career or you just like the colour of their gloves, You’re gonna have a bias. This film plays on that and gets you on one side of the two, then flips it so you’re now rooting for the other one, then goes and flips it again. Both of them do act their parts amazingly and they are by far the only main selling point of this film. The secondary characters are pretty much just the audience for a boxing match, you don’t really look at them but every now and then you’ll have a look around, one fan might do something funny but ultimately you’re focused on the two main fighters.
So going back elements that this film had my sold on. ‘Fight Club’. Now in Fight Club the fighting is gritty and aggressive. In Cat fight it feels pretty much the same, apart from in this film they seem to be able to fight each other through the power of telekinesis. Some punches are just blatantly missing, unless they’re punching the air so aggressively that the wind carry’s the energy of the punch to the opponents face but somehow I feel that’s not what the director was going for, in fact i know it isn’t because i watched the special features and how the choreograph the fights. It doesn’t happen all the time, and when the fighting is done right it is done well, the crunching sound effects as they are hit in the head with a wrench really does connect and it works. I just couldn’t help but get completely sucked out of the situation when I’m brought back to reality that these are a couple of actors flailing around punching a meter in front of each others faces.
The next aspect… ‘Arrested Development’, now if you’ve seen Arrested Development you’ll know that that show is the pinnacle of American comedy, it’s a real rib tickler, knee slapper, pant pisser. Cat fight had its moments where I laughed a bit out loud, in fact it was probably about 4 times but other than that I failed to see any form of comedy. I couldn’t quite tell if moments were meant to be funny or if it wasn’t and that’s the real cruncher. The way they blended the fighting and the comedy I felt could’ve stood out more if the violence was bit more slapstick. Going for a serious fight but also choosing to have comedic, classical music playing in the background, although offers it up for some good juxtaposition, just fails to execute so I feel if the combat was a bit more over the top then this whole film would’ve been a more enjoyable experience.
It was such a shame that this tagline got my hope’s up so much to only be let down a fair bit. don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed watching the film, it was an easy watch and as I mentioned earlier, the relationship between Veronica and Ashley is written well to portray these two characters that absolutely despise each other and it was good. Although I knocked the music a bit while they’re fighting, I do enjoy the classics, I mean they included hall of the mountain men in one scene an it worked perfectly. I felt as though the way that the film was paced was spot on and the story had some real potential. Some poor editing choices and dull dialogue just let that down and for a film with such promise it’s a shame.