Friday, September 7, 2012
Bradley Cooper heads the cast in a story within a story within a story, a drama that was the closing night film at Sundance this year. Cooper plays a struggling writer who finally produces a brilliant novel.
This is a tough film to describe in brief form, without spoiling some of the plot turns that make it enjoyable. (And that's why every other site seem to spoil at least one major plot turn.) But let's be clear, this is not really a film for mainstream audiences. It's for romantics who appreciate art and period films. And for me it was the supporting cast that really made it special. Stand out performances are aplenty including a few of my favorite character actors, Zeljko Ivanek, J.K. Simmons, and particularly Jeremy Irons (who gave one of the best performances from last year in 'Margin Call' and now delivers an equally compelling yet polar opposite one here). Fans of mainstream cinema should steer clear, as they'll likely be bored, but those that prefer the Oscar fare will likely enjoy themselves.