2 weeks ago
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Be Nice To Your Pizza Guy
Montgomery (Matthew Goth) is a big guy who happens to deliver pizzas. He has had a tough life growing up. He watched his parents fight a lot, and eventually had to witness his dad kill his mom and then himself. He often has nightmares, which usually end up being a weird mix of women he likes and recounting things that happened with his parents, and goes to therapy because of them. His life now isn't all that great either. Most people end up insulting him because of his weight and/or the way he looks. His boss is always mean to him, as are most of the people he delivers pizzas to. On one delivery he meets Bibi (Tara Cardinal), who takes a liking to Monty when he tells her how much he likes her paintings. Things are starting to look up, but everything is about to come crashing down again.
Delivery was written/directed by Jose Zambrano Cassella, and he does a pretty good job with it. I ended up not liking Delivery a whole lot, but I still thought that Cassella did alright with it. I for one wouldn't want to be a delivery person. I'm sure they see some weird things and get a lot of shit from people even if they don't deserve it. Cassella pours it on think for poor Monty though, as he likes to be called. Not even a handful of people in the movie end up being nice to him. In a way, I was getting tired of everyone being mean to him way before Monty decides he has had enough. I don't know how many times we had to watch as Monty took some form of abuse from mostly people he is delivering pizzas to. In some cases he might have deserved some of it, and I know that Cassella was trying to show how bad things are for Monty, but I was still getting bored with it. It was also rather easy to tell things were written from a guys standpoint for this film. One of the places Marty sometimes delivers pizzas to is a sorority house. Inside are women running around in their underwear or not wearing anything at all. Lots of making out going on as well. While I never joined a sorority, I had been in plenty while in college and never saw anything like that, at least not so openly. To me, it just came across as a guys wet dream. From reviews on Netflix, if you can really call them that, the pacing of the film seemed to be a big issue for people. Delivery is right at the 90 minute mark, but it takes 70 minutes before anything happens that makes this more of a slasher film.
The effects are a little mixed. There is a dream sequence where someone is cutting their fingers off. It is a bloody scene, but it is very easy to tell that the arm and hand is very fake. Then there are the effects at the end that look much better. A drill to the head looked very good, and bloody at that. Overall I would say there are more effects that look good. The acting wasn't too bad. Matthew Goth, a lighting teacher by trade apparently, does a good job with his role. I wished that Cassella had given him more lines at times though. I enjoyed his acting more when he was mad. Why anyone would pick on someone of his size is beyond me. Tara Cardinal was good in some scenes, okay in others. I am glad though that she is still acting, and look forward to seeing more of her films since this was one of her first. Even though it was her only film so far, Jessica Karshner was also very good as someone who worked with Monty.
In a way I could relate to Monty. I can't relate to his size or anything like that, but I get the being quiet while people give you shit. I could see myself in him in that way. Monty would at times snap back, but I wanted him to do that more even though I understood why he didn't. Actually, I don't really know why I don't speak up more than I do. I have never gone completely off on someone, but there have been times I was close to doing so. Anyway, while I thought Delivery was a good effort for a low budget film, it didn't work for me as well as I hoped it would. One issue that dipped the scales was the music. During a key scene towards the end it was very hard to hear what was being said because the music easily drowned it out. It was odd since I didn't really have that problem before that. If you don't mind a slow pace in a film, I would still suggest giving this one a watch. I wouldn't go out of your way for it, but still worth a watch I think.
2 out of 5 Wondering if I should ever order pizza again