Red Rocket: Directed by Sean Baker. With Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, Sophie. Mikey Saber is a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, not that anyone really wants him back.
Directed by Sean Baker, best known by me for doing The Florida Project, “Red Rocket” has many of the same things that made TFP so captivating, from the shooting style to the dialogue, I really got the feeling that I was a fly on the wall during most of the scenes. The main character “Mike Saber” is a blown out ex-porn star that feels he got a bad deal out west, so he returns back to his own stomping ground to try to pick up the pieces. It’s only about 1/3 of the way into the film that we find out that it had been years since he last saw his ex-wife and it’s only a few minutes after that he meets a young woman that he decides is going to be his next conquest to bring him back to the limelight. There’s a lot of love in the movie and a lot to raise your eyebrows at.
A24 continues to release some of the best non-comic book dramas in the market.