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 July 30, 2015
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.
Written July 30, 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 October 05, 2015
It'll hold your interest, that's for sure. At times the plot is predictable, at other times it'll keep you wondering. The story line is unique, the acting is excellent, and the production techniques are truly great. I went with my wife & two of her female friends, "God help me". From a female's perspective they said it was wonderful & they loved it. From a male's viewpoint, I think it might be worth the fortune we spent to get in to see it, of course, that included our drinks and popcorn &, my Twizzlers. i won't give away the story line because I would say, "Go see it", it was a good flick. I forgot to mention that my 11 yr old grand daughter also went with us. She said she didn't understand it & she is quite smart.
One last thing, there was only two instances of profanity, that I recall, & that to me made it a good film. No nudity, but a lot of kissing and fondling. The love scenes left it to your imagination, for the most part, & for that I'm truly grateful.
Written April 28, 2015
This move was a total waste of about 2 hours of my life. I wanted to go ask for my money back. It starts off pretty slow and then it never picks up. And then before you know it the movie just dies and it’s over. If you like really vague pointless movies then it is perfect for you. Otherwise take my advice don't waste your time.