Saw “Killer Joe” at the Sydney Film Festival and laughed my ass off. Okay, yes, it is very violent in parts and features a scene that may just put you off fried chicken for a while, but DAMN… Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in the title role. And the rest of the cast is superb as well. Me and my husband laughed until we nearly cried, but we might have been the only folks in the theatre intimately familiar with the type of characters being shown on the screen. John’s family history includes many generations of Texan farmers, going back to a time when Texas was not even a part of the United States (some say it still is its own country and, having spent a lot of time there, I can see their point). My Australian friend asked us if Texas trailer trash was really that bad and, without hesitation, we both agreed it wasn’t much of a stretch to imagine people this down and dirty in an East Texas trailer park.
Great cast, fabulous dark comedy, highly recommended. Go see it if you get a chance.