Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow
Directed by: Todd Solondz
Running Time: 85 minutes
Release Date: 24 September 2012
Ade (Jordan Gelber) is a thirty-something man who works for his father and still lives at home with his parents. He still hasn’t grown up and is more like an adolescent as he still collects toy action figures and resents his brother and hates his father (Christopher Walken). He is a lonely, single man who spends his evenings playing backgammon with his mother (Mia Farrow).
That all changes when he meets spaced out Miranda (Selma Blair), due to being over medicated) at a wedding and before the week is out asks her to marry him. She initially refuses but then changes her mind.
This is the start of Abe’s sub-conscious talking to him where all his self-doubt starts to materialise as his father’s secretary and family members telling him everything he feels and fears.
Overall, Dark Horse is billed as a hilariously dark comedy, yes it is a dark comedy with some funny moments I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was hilarious. As half of the film is a dream situation with Ade’s subconscious this does create some funny situations as they are brutally honest. Christopher Walken plays the part of the disappointed father brilliantly and just his facial expressions can be quite funny on their own. A dark look into the fears of a man trying to deal with getting married and finally having to move out of his bedroom.
Available to buy on DVD from 24 September from Axiom Films here.