Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Best Offer

Geoffrey Rush plays an art auctioneer, collector, and appraiser who receives a call from an agoraphobic woman who wants her family's collection appraised.  And from minute one it becomes pretty clear (at least it was to me) that not everything is at it seems.  Donald Sutherland and Jim Sturgess also appear in relatively small supporting roles.

At 45 minutes this might have made for a reasonably entertaining episode of Rod Serling's 70's anthology show, 'Night Gallery'.  At 2 hours and 11 minutes it feels way too long and increasingly tedious.  It could have and should have been better than it appears it will be at the start, but if you're a big fan of Rush then it may still be worth a watch at home.

You can see 'The Best Offer' in NYC at the IFC Center, but also much more conveniently at home on video on demand.

Grade: C+

Who is this movie for?  Geoffrey Rush enthusiasts who've already seen all of his better films and have lots of free time on their hands.

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