[…] The world is awful, let’s face it.
Timothy Carey, a man no film (no world?) can contain, brilliantly so, faces it, and in fact, revels in the awfulness, smirking and smiling while petting his puppy – he knows everything’s shit. Fine. And we’re with his psycho intensity, we even like him in some sick way and Kubrick knows it. So the director makes us flinch. When Carey casually drops a racist remark to the agreeable African-American parking attendant (James Edwards), it’s one of the most startlingly nasty moments in the picture. How do you like your psychopath now?
– Kim Morgan, “Endings: Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing“; Sight & Sound, May 2015
Kim, the world is not awful, you have a fine life.
Within the context of the film, though, she’s saying it is.