“High-Rise” opens on imagery of a scruffy Tom Hiddleston in disheveled business attire. He is meandering through bloodied, squalid conditions of looted destruction where we find him rotisserie cooking an unusual dinner on a retrofitted spit. His third-person voiceover, backed by a classical record playing in the background, speaks of eerie satisfaction and renewed confidence amid the obviously dire conditions. A jack-hammered transition card hits declaring “three months earlier.” That setup begs our minds to question what has transpired to create this reality. Consider that a perfect tease and taste of what is to come in Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian 1975 novel. In the words of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
When you mix senior citizens and pot, what could possibly go wrong? Could one imagine dogs talking to them? Could another break up squabbling girlfriends and show them all a good time? You never know, but those are two outlandish movie examples. If you take one look at the doctored-up theatrical poster for the independent film “Dough,” you might get the same impression of an absurd romp to come. Very quickly within John Goldschmidt’s film, you will see the depth behind the film’s comedic costume. For better or worse, “Dough” is a strong mentor-mentee film that just happens to have a special funny ingredient in its cooking that adds wrinkle and flavor.