Monday, March 06, 2006

two biopics and a gender-bender

That's my movies this weekend, in order of preference:

Transamerica - Beautiful film about a pre-surgery trans-sexual man-becoming-woman who discovers that s/he has a teenage son who is in a spot of trouble, and their road trip to California from New York. The acting is beautifully restrained with Felicity Huffman delivering a measured yet mind-blowing performance. The script is a wry, spare masterpiece with a fair smattering of thought-provokingly funny lines. Where the film loses out is in the entertainment department; while it's a brilliant premise executed equally brilliantly, it lacks a real plot/story which makes an otherwise deftly crafted film a bit of a drag at times.

Walk the Line - Standard biopic, super performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (she looks super!), great music, predictable narrative, technically solid. If you're a Johnny Cash fan the film will knock you dead, if you're not, it will still entertain. But I wouldn't really call it inspiring.

Capote - Intense, painstakingly shot, stunningly acted, boring movie. Here I must warn you that I am very 'base,' and I don't have a taste for the finer things in life, and so if this is good cinema, as all critics seem to be saying, then do go ahead and see it. Don't let the fact that it bored me keep you from witnessing a great performance from Hoffman, some breathtaking visuals, and the real story behind one of my favourite crime novels...then go and read Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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