In the midst of this pandemic, it was refreshing to know new releases available. As a fan of the fantabulous Margo Martindale, I couldn’t wait to see what she was up to in her latest role of Enid Nora Devlin in Amazon Prime’s Blow The Man Down.
When the film begins with a few fisherman on the docks diligently working while singing, you’re not quite sure about the thrill ride that awaits. Like numerous Coen Brothers flicks (Fargo, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), this film has a tone that is engaging from the first frame to the last in a entertainingly, demented sort of way. Unlike the Coen Brothers, writer and director Bridget Savage Cole proves that girls do indeed rule the world in the this dark comedic tale.
From the trio of busy bodies gleefully off to bury bodies, played aptly by June Squibb, Annette O’Toole and Marceline Hugot to the fisherman laden score by Jordan Dkystral and Brian McOmber, Cole gifts us with a grayish-blue film-noir vibe that works on every level.
Easter Cove, Maine provides the perfect backdrop with even more splendid performances from Sophie Lowe and Morgan Saylor as the daughters of Mary Connolly , a revered member of this seaboard community. Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) and Priscilla Connolly (Sophie Lowe) attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town’s darkest secrets.
Now back to Margo. Martindale is no longer the supporting character lifting up the lead actresses like she has done throughout numerous films in the past. This time, she takes the lead and blazes every scene. She’s terrifyingly brilliant in those scenes where she’s simply listening. You know it will only take one glance or move in the wrong direction before she snaps like a twig and I was there for every solitary single second of it. She’s like the Eastern Seaboard Don Corleone. The women are in control and it is fantabulous!!!
Produced by Amazon Studios, Blow The Man Down is available to stream as of March 20th and is well worth the watch!