Friday, June 6, 2014
Words and Pictures
I've seen plenty of movies premiere on VOD this year that were totally worthy of a theatrical release. This romantic comedy, however, is the complete opposite. It is so not worth the costs of theatrical distribution.
Clive Owen plays a literature teacher who is struggling with alcoholism and in his relationship with his son. Juliette Binoche (speaking English) plays the new fine art teacher joining the school. And, of course, some sort of weird chemistry-free love ensues amidst their bickering competition of words and pictures. It's devoid of charm and reality in every way. The leads (particularly Binoche) are so unlikeable it's hard to imagine anyone falling in love with them. And the students are completely and utterly annoying as well. In short, I didn't like the words and I didn't like the pictures.
On VOD this crap might have found an audience that would find it harmless enough to justify a nominal cost. In the theater it is bound to disappoint anyone and everyone who chooses it over all the other options. For me, it would have been a waste of my time regardless of the medium.
Who is this movie for? No one. Pass.