Flash Review: Bernie
A dark comedy that’s not that dark or very funny, Bernie still works thanks to a very talented cast. Starting with the numerous bit parts by actors playing the people of Carthage, Texas, which give the film a nice “mockumentary” vibe, down to Shirley MacLaine as a bitter old hag and Jack Black’s best performance yet, a nuanced, restrained turn (not a flawless one; the man can’t cry convincingly, which has always been a qualm of mine when it comes to actors). For me, the highlight was Matthew McConaughey. 2012 was probably the best year in his career, with other outstanding turns in Killer Joe and Magic Mike (supposedly; haven’t seen that one).