Written July 01, 2016
Finally a good movie! Hope you don't have someone who likes to talk sitting around you because you have to listen. It leaves you thinking about long after it's over. Would like to see it again!
Written July 29, 2015
An interesting move to watch at home, if you have nothing else to do. Not worth the $$s in the theater. Too bad, I really wanted it to work. Someone I was with ... who is a BIG movie fan, said when it abruptly ends... "that's it". Read the Variety review if you want more info. -
Written September 15, 2012
I thought I was going to watch a movie for adults; instead, I watched a movie that looked and sounded like a precocious high-schooler's project. Poor choice of actors, poor dialogue (trot out every over wrought cliche possible), and dreadful acting. Irons? What a ham. Cooper? Does he really think staring into space is acting? Zoe? Did she ever leave that apartment? Quaid? Dear heaven, man, you need to thank the Lord for television! Wilde? Mouthing vulgarities and about as convincing as a goldfish. The plot is sooo arty...who is the real writer, is the old man made up, how much is truth, how much fiction, what is a blend of all of these, what are pipe dreams? In the hands of more skilled writers, actors, and directors, this might have been interesting. As it is, you might be able to tell I was really disappointed.
Written November 28, 2015
This was a pleasant surprise as the story is literally read by an author to a full audience. It starts about mid-way through then goes back to fill you in on the history of the struggling young writer then of the unknown author. It the age old story of right and wrong but takes it a step further by letting the moviegoer wonder what happens. I did think it was going to be a little more suspenseful but the movie is more cerebral than your typical suspense/drama. The actors all did a great job in making each character believable, especially Jeremy Irons who deserves more credit than he gets. Bradley Cooper is shedding the "Phil" persona we have come to know over the years. If you keep in mind the movie is a book about a book, and it has a deeper meaning than just plagarism, you'll like this movie
Written February 13, 2016
Here's the good news - Jeremy Irons is absolutely fantastic in this movie! Now for the bad news: Bradley Cooper is completely disingenuous in portraying a totured sole of an author, looking for success. Olivia Wilde's role is non-sensical as the writing is so poor that her delivery of lines is at best laughable. The dove-tailing of triple story lines taking place between fictional characters Cooper, Irons and real life portrayed by Dennis Quaid is interesting up until the last 10 minutes of the movie. I think the screenplay that was written and what was presented lost something considerably in translation and presentation. It is a mess at the end and leaves the viewer really wondering exactly why they just sat through this movie. The movie concept was excellent - execution was anything but stellar. If you want to see a possible oscar-nominated performance by Jeremy Irons, then go. But if this movie, is your primary choice of the night, think again - make it your last choice.