Thoughts on some films I have seen recently.
I have to admit it took a while for me to get into ‘International Falls.’ Initially, I thought the main characters in the film – Dee, an aspiring stand-up comic working at a hotel, and Tim, the visiting comic of the week – were uninteresting. To be honest, I almost gave up on it. But I kept on watching regardless. All in all, I still think the film was a little on the slow and dull side, but I have to admit the final twenty minutes was like a punch in the gut. I think maybe I finally warmed up to the film because of its theme of loneliness and how it affects all of us, and exacerbated by what we are all experiencing now, the message is timely.
‘Georgetown’ is directed by he actor Christoph Waltz (under C Waltz) and the film showed promise but ultimately fell flat. It is set in Washington DC and is abut a man, Ulrich Mott who is acc used to killing his wife Elsa who is 91 years old. I was glad to see Vanessa Redgrave play Elsa, and is featured prominently in the film. It’s poor Anette Bening who plays a thankless role here. This is based on the 2012 FrankFoer’s New York Times article ‘The Worst Marriage in Georgetown” and is about a scrupulous man who used his wife’s vast network for his gains. There is a subplot here about Mott and Iraqi war that just passed me by because it was so boring, The murder-mystery part could have been interesting but ended up perfunctory. There was a lot of talent and opportunity wasted here.