What's worse than purposefully not betting ten grand on a horse - that ends up winning thirty five to one? Maybe, it's when you are given that ten grand, specifically to bet on that particular horse - is that worse enough? No? How about having dipped into that money, because you had every intention of keeping all the money for yourself - and just saying you bet it? Still not bad enough? Alright... How about having that money actually belong to a really dangerous individual - and not to that strange, harmless oddball you had thought. Now we're talking problems right? Essentially, this is the setup for "Misty Button" from writer, director Seanie Sugrue. Let me tell you... it may sound a little cliche... but it's fun as hell to watch.
Essentially, this is a heist gone wrong kind of movie - with a twist of whiskey. Pals James and Eoin get themselves into some trouble, thanks to the seemingly weird Timmy Thomas, and his plan to make some quick cash. Once the ball starts rolling, our anti-heroes set the film up for what essentially becomes a hostage situation. By hostage, I mean our two leading dudes being forced to work for the owner of horse race cash - Alonzo. The work he offers? Let me just say is far south of legal and involves a gun. I'm not going to go into any more plot details, but I will say that not everything is as it seems. Although nothing will truly blow you away regarding the plot, there's a reason these types of film keep getting made - and recycled over and over again. They're entertaining - and this flick in particular? Very much so. What more could you want or ask? Did I mention this was a low budget indie film? No? That's because it doesn't matter. "Misty Button" is simply a good film all around. It's independent, micro status doesn't even factor into things.
To be fair, the writing of this film is pretty damn good - even though it's nothing I haven't seen before. The dialog and pacing are also top notch - a tribute to both Sugrue and the editor of this production. The real highlight here however, is the acting. Holy hell on toast mo-fo, the casting took this movie from slightly above average, to a hard four and a half stars. As the characters began to increase and the movie zips by, I had no problem keeping things straight in my head. That's because this troupe of actors made it so damn easy to not only follow... but remember. I hate returning to the fact this film didn't have a ten million dollar budget, but the cast sure helped make it feel that way.
I also shouldn't say that everything in this film was perfect, but thinking back now, it's hard to single out any minor technical infractions that may have taken place. In a nutshell? "Misty Button" feels one hell of a lot bigger than I'm pretty sure it actually was. Everyone seemed to have some fun but what's more? The intended comical moments, generally dialog driven, are actually funny. But even more impressive? The actual drama in this piece works as well. An impressive feat no matter the budget.
At the end of the day, this is one of those movies you sit back and enjoy. Don't overthink things and simply let go. I'm not going to say there are any real morals to this story. Everyone here should probably be locked up. Haha. But perhaps that's not entirely true. Loyalty, getting off your ass and doing something, and learning to stand up for yourself seem to be high on the list but essentially, this is a flick to have fun with. And I really... really did. A solid four and a half stars. Well done.