Sword of Trust
A pawnshop owner mingles with wingnuts.
Marc Maron is turning out to be a multiple threat, said Mike D’Angelo in AVClub.com. The comedian’s work in this loose new comedy “proves his turn on GLOW is no fluke: He’s a real actor, equally at home with caustic wit and understated heartbreak.” Maron plays Mel, a Birmingham pawnshop owner who smells money when a customer brings in an antique sword that a loony fringe believes provides proof that the South won the Civil War. A four-person road trip to negotiate the sale follows, and the “goofy” plotting provides “a springboard for first-rate improvisation.” The “dazzling centerpiece” of the movie is the rambling four-way conversation that unfolds in the back of a box truck headed for Tennessee, said Stephanie Zacharek in Time. Though no big payoff is delivered, “sometimes being invited along for the ride is reward enough.” Some viewers might take issue with the cartoonishness of the Confederacy buffs, said Elizabeth Weitzman in TheWrap.com. “But the biggest draw isn’t the opportunity for righteous Blue Staters to feel validated. It’s the chance to see Maron turn in one of the most striking performances of the year.”
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