Comedy is about truth. However, in the absence of truth and sanity, it quickly turns into a big Farce. A similar notion could be experienced in the Brazilian film, Get the Goat (Cabras da Peste) directed by Vitor Brandt.
Narratively, the plot follows a badass cop, Bruce from Guará, a small town in Brazil. Due to his reckless behavior, Bruce is punished to look after a goat named Celestine, until the famous Rapadura Festival. However, due to Bruce’s negligence, a drug trafficker takes away Celestine to São Paulo. Bruce assisted by a desk duty, violence-fearing cop not only finds the goat but also unveils a covert drug lord, White Glove.
Get the Goat (film) is a low-budget film but that isn’t an excuse for lousy writing. It starts brilliantly with an engaging set-up and an underdog, but the magic quickly fades away as the story moves on. The same jokes that sounded funny at first instance lost their charm due to reputation. The actors had to resort to a lot of farce to maintain the engagement but inherently the plot didn’t have enough substance to keep the drama in action. Their pursuit to find the drug lord, White Glove is not only cliche but dull. Get the Goat (film) had a great beginning but it derailed somewhere in the middle.
As independent makers, the necessity for better writing and an intriguing screenplay is far more than those of studios. They might not have the sets, but they have the power of words. And sets could fall, but words make you fall for them. Hence, choose wisely.
Get the Goat (Cabras da Peste) is quite a fun flick to watch on a mundane day or weekend. Don’t expect much but it is neither promising nor delivering. It is streaming on Netflix.
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