Monday, November 4, 2019

Movie Review: "Extra Ordinary" (2019)

Director: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman
Year: 2019
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

A driving instructor with clairvoyant powers and a tragic past reluctantly agrees to help a man who is being haunted by his dead wife.

Christian Winter (Will Forte) sits in the passenger side of Rose Dooley's (Maeve Higgins) car for a driving lesson in the movie "Extra Ordinary" (2019)
"Even the weakest ghost can possess cheese quite easily." (Image Source)
"Extra Ordinary" is the feature film writing and directorial debut for both Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, though they previously worked together on the short films "The Hatch" and "Mr. Foley." Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) is a driving instructor and a spiritual medium. Due to a tragedy in her past that inadvertently caused the death of a loved one, Rose has stopped using her ghosthunting abilities. Martin Martin (Barry Ward), who has gifts of his own, is being haunted and abused by his dead wife. At his daughter Sarah's (Emma Coleman) insistence, Martin calls Rose for help under the guise that he needs driving lessons. She is reluctant to use her gift but has taken a fancy to Martin and is willing to give it a go, though she continually has her doubts. Meanwhile, a struggling one hit-wonder named Christian Winter (Will Forte) hopes to reclaim his former musical glory by making a pact with the devil. All he needs is to find a virgin to sacrifice, and Martin's daughter Sarah seems like the perfect target. Martin and Rose must team up to stop Christian and save Sarah.
Maeve Wiggins and Barry Ward hold hands and do a seance in a movie still for the 2019 horror comedy "Extra Ordinary"
"I will do anything to help Sarah, but killing my dead wife is not an option." (Image Source)
The wonderful thing about going to film festivals is getting the opportunity to see movies we've never heard of and probably would have missed otherwise. It's even more terrific when those films turn out to be really fun. Such is the case with "Extra Ordinary." This is a hilarious Irish horror-comedy that had us cackling throughout its runtime. We weren't familiar with anyone in the cast with the exception for former "Saturday Night Live" and "The Last Man on Earth" mainstay Will Forte. He is excellent as villain Christian Winter and brings his signature brand of witty, somewhat silly humor to such a bumbling character. That being said, Forte is just a supporting character here. The real star of the show is Maeve Higgins in her first leading role. Higgins is so ridiculously funny with her dry and droll delivery and an occasionally self-deprecating style. To go along with these great performances, there is some amusing situational humor and grisly dark comedy. There are several silly and gross but effective moments that include puke, blood, and ectoplasm, more than enough fluids to keep horror movie fans appreciating these disgusting touches. The visual effects are superb. People are seen floating around, exploding all over the place, and demons come from the beyond. It's loads of fun. Still, the narrative can be a bit choppy at times. It may feel like it has one or two plot holes, but with a project like this, we're less concerned with the minute details and more concerned with the overall experience, and well, we had a positively splendid time watching this film.
Extra Ordinary 2019 movie scene where Will Forte screams in front of a fire #moviereview
"Can no one just sacrifice a virgin in peace?" (Image Source)
We definitely recommend checking out "Extra Ordinary" whenever and wherever you get a chance because it truly is extraordinary. We had a blast watching this fantastical horror-comedy.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.5/10
RT Rating: 100%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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