(Spoilers) What I learned from ‘Cottage Country’ is that relationships can be difficult. Take, for instance, when Todd (Tyler Labine) kills his brother Salinger… this doesn’t mean he doesn’t love him. There’s just a lot of emotion between them… a lot to deal with, probably makes it hard to handle. Killing people is the sincerest form of flattery.
Every relationship we have can bubble beneath the surface and if we decide to act on it, soothing the tension or let it simmer… that makes up a killer. Todd’s excellent kill, an ax to the throat, (by far the best kill-shot to go with in my estimation), is the ultimate simmering of emotion. Emotions can get too hot for us to touch, if this happens people have a way of going ‘supernova’. When this happens nobody can touch them, and it’s not because they’ve become god-like, its because they’re on fire and can’t be put out! It’s the exact opposite of what happens to Bruce Leroy at the end of ‘The Last Dragon’ and if you don’t get the reference you hurt me on the inside.
Todd seeing his brother as a ghost around the cabin is this emotion continuing to simmer, as he refuses to acknowledge it. It warns him about his crazy-ass wife (Malin Akerman), who has her own emotional baggage to contain. Hell, even the mother and father get in on the act! Life and the tangled webs we weave… so complex! The group dynamic is staggeringly hilarious in this film and makes a person question his own relationships.
Well played, comedy… well played.