As a rule, I’m okay with bad things happening to characters in movies, whether they’re supporting types or leads. I’m not really okay with bad things happening to characters in movies for no other reason than to wound the audience, and that’s more or less how Bushwick approaches the delicate matter of sorting out character arcs. It’s a mean-ass movie. As if that’s not enough, it’s also a really deceitful movie, using the “one long take that isn’t actually one long take” conceit without much success. (Whatever problems I have with Birdman, at least that movie is made by a competent magician.)
I sorted out my feelings about Bushwick over at The Playlist.