clever dialog: Thank god for the go-back button). The whole movie, in fact, is a non-stop pleasure.
The 32-year-old Newton -- shown at left, who wrote, directed and co-stars in the film -- comes from a Aussie show-biz family and has a heavy-duty resume in legit theatre, so for all we know he's been prepping for this current outing most of his life. His background has paid off handsomely, for his film is consistently alive, enormously intelligent and gripping without ever being pushy.
I apologize for not watching the "screener" earlier so that I could give you more time to catch the film before it ends its On-Demand run this Thursday (June 18). But Three Blind Mice is so good -- modest, smart and beautifully conceived and executed -- that I urge you to see it. It tells a more-or-less 24-hour tale of three young Australian naval officers (shown below) on a one-day leave before they ship back to the Middle East. They kid, argue and cajole; visit a diner where they flirt, play cards and then meet for dinner with one's fiancee and family. We learn bits and pieces of the back-story only gradually, with the exposition neatly buried into everyday dialog that gives us clues to characters and events.
The film is wise and not particularly nice about the military and military service, yet, by the finale, our heroes have grown a bit and nothing seems as black-and-white as we (or they) might have imagined. More than anything else, it's the absolute and utterly truthful sense of life unfurling before your eyes and ears that the movie captures so expertly. Although this is basically a comedy -- maybe a dramedy -- there are still moments that rivet so intensely that you find yourself holding your breath for fear of what might happen. It's that real. And if I hear a funnier line this year than "The waitress was a virgin, was she?" (coupled to an ace visual, of course), I'll be very surprised.
BrightHouse: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Cablevision: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters - Festival Direct
Comcast: Channel 1 - Movies & Events - IFC Festival Direct
Cox: Channel 1 - Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Time Warner: Movies On Demand - IFC In Theaters
Rent it - or spend your life in regret!