Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Michael Keaton , Emma Stone , Zach Galifianakis , Naomi Watts , Andrea Riseborough , Edward Norton , Amy Ryan
Review Date: January 2016
Last watched: January 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Was not expecting a superhero thing so was not disappointed. However was also not expecting an odd, almost independent film about the unreality of the acting industry.
Michael’s performance, indeed that of everyone is real, gritty, sincere, all that stuff, but even knowing nothing about the way films are made, you were aware of the one-take effect that meant everyone needed to know exactly what they were doing, not just relying on edits to sort the fluffed lines. From a movie-goer’s perspective, this adds credence to the work put in by the cast and crew alike and added a bit of respect that’s not always easy to give. Emma and Zach are cool and solid in equal measures as the hinge-pin non-actors.
The script is wordy, full and interesting although the premise of some of it is a bit ‘lovey’ and designed as in-jokes for actors to snigger at, nudging their acty pals and whispering to each other so everyone can hear “that’s sooo like my own theatre group experiences – I know each and every one of those nuances of ‘the business’! My life in microcosm, dahling!”
The whole production is an epic undertaking, not only for the scale of the sets and immersion into the world being portrayed but also for the many on-take, walk-and-act scenes that are sometimes a bit mind blowing. The depth of each of the characters is really plumbed and although a bit exhausting the first time around, I’m guessing it’ll be easier the second viewing. However…not sure I’d put myself through that. Many would, will and have, but might be left gathering dust a while before my small mind comes around to it again.
Not for kids, maybe for teenagers, most adults can take it but not all will find it more than ‘intriguing’ and some might reach for the Arnie film to chill out with after/during.
DVD Extras: A ‘making of’ and some photos. Making of is really interesting due to the way everyone has had to work and the photos are actually fun as well. Shame there isn’t any gag-reel.
Watch if on TV?
Yes, a bit.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?