Harvey Daggit and the Devil's Olives (2007)

harvey-daggit-and-the-devilOne thing about comedy is that there are so many different dimensions of the art form to explore, and it takes a lot of time and patience to discover what’s right and what doesn’t work. “Harvey Daggit” is a new approach from directors Larry and Aaron Longstreth, more of a dark and demented comedy. About olives. You have to give to the Longstreth’s for taking such a ridiculous concept and adding a sense of menace, and utter confusion to it. It’s not often you see a crime mystery that revolves around gardening. Well, there’s “The Godfather,” but you get the picture.

Harvey Daggit is a top detective who, along with his partner Monica Cruise, is interrogating a suspect who has a connection with a string of murders that tie in with a man named “The Harvester.” Doing his best impression of a tough talking gum shoe, Larry Longstreth is utterly zany as Harvey, a man whose methods of interrogation are borderline eccentric. After furious interrogations with a man named “The Rat,” he leads them to the home of the vicious killer “The Harvester,” who kills people and buries their bodies under his olive tree to create possibly some of the best olives ever made.

When Harvey raids the home, he learns the hard way, and that these olives are worth killing for. “Harvey Daggit” is probably the best directed film from the Bullcrank crew, with one of the better closing shots I’ve seen in their film gallery. With a light tint of green, the Longstreth brothers close their film on a sick, and rather funny note. Good performances, and very good direction make “Harvey Daggit,” yet another very funny film from the Longstreth brothers, with an unusual plot device that results in a grim yet pleasing climax.