Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Writer/Director Paul Haggis is probably best known for 'Crash', a 2004 film with multiple (eventually) overlapping storylines that won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. And ten years later, 'Third Person' is surely the most 'Crash'-iest film he has made since. And with a powerhouse ensemble cast including Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Kim Basinger, he had a lot to work with here. It's a long film at two hours and 13 minutes, and I understand that is after some substantial cuts and re-editing done since it premiered at Toronto last September. The version I saw in TriBeCa in April was well filmed, well acted, and complex, though flawed. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half but it seemed to unravel and slightly disappoint in the second half. Perhaps it's been tweaked since. Perhaps not. Regardless, if you liked 'Crash' you should definitely see it, but just keep your expectations reasonable.
Grade: B+ (Though I might upgrade to an A- after a second viewing.)
Who is this movie for? People who like ensemble dramas with multiple storylines that eventually connect.