I’m not entirely sure I’ve felt more kinship with a motion picture in recent memory than I have with screenwriter and director Stephen Chbosky’s stunning adaption of his own 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Radnor has crafted characters who live in the real world and not in some fantastical juvenile celluloid fabrication of it.
When Bachelorette gets things right, when it is running at full-speed barking out what’s on its mind and presenting its trio of heroines as the sympathetic complex human messes they are, the comedy soars to heights that had me sitting in the theatre holding back cheers.
“I like that the movie isn’t what people expect it to be. I like that it seems to creep up on people and that they find themselves connecting to it on an emotional level they hadn’t anticipated.”
– Katie Ann Naylon
For a Good Time, Call… disconnects in the middle of its conversation, and as amusing as what it attempts to say might be having the call be so unctuously truncated is annoying to say the least.
While Robot & Frank doesn’t exactly go anyplace all that unexpected, how Schreier handles the material and the emotions he brought out of me certainly were.
Sleepwalk with Me made me laugh, and as far as comedies are concerned that’s one attribute worthy of celebration no matter how nightmarish the ordeal the main character is going through might prove to be.
Hit & Run is relatively well acted and shows a great deal of promise, just not enough of the latter for the former to matter near as much as it otherwise would.
Cosmopolis may be a mess, but it’s still something of a glorious one, and for those willing to take the ride they’ll have ridden shotgun in a journey they’re unlikely to forget anytime soon.