September 23, 2012
Even the mighty stumble
After WWII, an alcoholic, sexaholic veteran drifts around the west coast, finally stowing away on a yacht commanded by a meglamaniac cult leader--this was supposedly a movie about Scientology (and they did protest the film), but it's not really. Powerfully acted and masterfully directed, this film doesn't go anywhere; characters don't evolve or learn anything, situations remain unchanged after 137 minutes. Half of the 12 people watching this movie walked out within the first hour; 4 more walked out after the "nude" scene. I know there's more to the film than I caught, but I don't want to sit through it a second time. Phoenix gives the performance of a lifetime, Hoffman is good as well, and Amy Adams plays against her lovability quotient quite effectively.
I really like the films of PTA, but he stumbles here.
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