CATFIGHT (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Catfight (2016), Alicia Silverstone, Anne Heche
Catfight (2016), Alicia Silverstone, Anne Heche

Anne Heche’s performance as a bitter struggling artist and Amy Hill’s turn as ‘crazy aunt Charlie’ are the two main highlights of Catfight.

Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone and Amy Hill, Catfight is a dark drama / comedy about the long standing rivalry between two former college friends; a rivalry that turns into brutal, life altering fights.

The source of the humour in Catfight is mostly tragedy. This is probably part of the reason why I didn’t laugh a lot. In some ways I found the main characters to be too ridiculously ‘unthinking’ in some of their key choices. With Catfight, you’re essentially watching grown ups behaving badly towards one another in ways that don’t necessarily feel completely justified. The characters are in the most part, not likeable – even some the ones I found myself feeling sorry for. 

Catfight (2016), Amy Hill
Catfight (2016), Amy Hill

The general idea of this movie is a good one, but the execution could have been less awkward in parts. How far could this story have gone with Quentin Tarantino’s writing brain and his budget behind it? I also wonder whether the edit may have helped to kill this film. Right now, theres a chance that I may enjoy Catfight more after a second viewing. I’ll certainly update this post should I go down that seemingly crazy route.

Also, for anyone who’s ever wondered what the voice of a six year old girl sounds like on a grown adult woman, Catfight absolutely has the answer.

Happy Film Loving


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