September 1, 2012

So I went to see Cosmopolis...

...it was just plain weird.  The poster should have looked like this:


My observations:

- Rob was intense, but I thought he kind of fell flat.  There were moments where he shined but the rest of the time he looked overly botoxed and expressionless.  That's probably in part due to the directing, but I thought he could have done "intense but withheld" better. 

- The dialogue was just plain ridiculous.  I consider myself a rather smart, educated girl, and I had a headache after five minutes.  This wasn't a movie, it was performance art, the kind that is not meant to be understood after one viewing. 

- The green screening outside the limo windows as it moved in the beginning of the movie was really bad.  I think after that they switched to live action outside the limo, but it was really, 90s-movie bad. 

- Wardrobe in general was lackluster.  This might have been intentional, to point attention to the dialogue, but I like fashion and would have preferred a little more oomph.

- Overall, I'd give it two out of five stars.  And those two are for a) Rob, b) in a suit. 

What did you think, ladies? 

--MyAfterCar

17 comments:

  1. The most honest review I've seen. I really thought from some fan reviews that I was missing the greatness so I went & saw it again & it still did nothing for me. Rob was good even amazing at times but everything fell flat to me.

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  2. If you can't say anything nice about Rob don't say anything at all;) The book was so weird, so I can't imagine the movie would be any different. So, all the praise about Robs performance and Cronenbergs direction (from critics, not fans) is bs? I won't pay to see it, I'll wait until it comes out on dvd.

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    1. Fair point :) I think he is a talented, hardworking actor. I just think the dialogue totally constrained him. He has given several very powerful performances before, but this just wasn't, IMHO.

      I'd say, go see it, support him, and come back and share your thoughts with us!

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  3. fair enough. I really like how honest and simple you are about the details, cause many times reviews make or break a movie but then it's when you watch it that you get the real picture.
    I've read the book, and for a book, the whole attitude of mysterious and otherwordly was fit for "the book". but for a movie, i can understand why it can turn out psychobabbly ;)
    I'll still go watch it to satisfy my imagination..Rob in a suit talking bullshit and screwing women..yeah it still sounds tempting!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Tempting, and worth the price of admission for that alone! ;)

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  4. I was not intrigued by what I saw in previews but wanted to support his efforts. I'll be nice and say it was strange material.the character didnt have too many redeeming characteristics. I understand he is trying to separate himself from his Twilight roles but lets hope he goes for lighter, less intense characters next time. Nice rom-com please so it might get greater distribution.

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  5. So ... in other words you would like Rob to go against everything he stands and make a movie for your enjoyment and that he is not particularly proud of? Thankfully, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Book was strange and movie reflected that so I thought Rob was right on target in his adaptation of the character although it is not for everyone.

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    1. Gosh, no! I love that he chooses these roles so thoughtfully. I would never want him to pick cheesy, trendy movies because those aren't him at all. Heck, I sought out the one theater in my city that was showing this and dragged a group of girlfriends to it. I'm a fan of Rob, just not this weird movie where he couldn't shine.

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  6. Where is Lorabell. This site has fallen apart. MySideCar.....you are no fan.

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    1. I'm sorry that you feel that way, truly. I went to see the movie because I'm a fan! The whole thing was weird and I thought it was more like performance art than a movie. Rob is a thoughtful, intelligent, deep guy but I don't think any actor could have brought any life to this bizarre script. A fake friend would never tell you that you have food in your teeth or that your outfit doesn't match, right? I think only a good friend would. It's because I've followed his career and seen most of his work that I can say, with no loss of support for him, that I'm glad he picks challenging roles, but this wasn't my favorite.

      I hope that this is a space where we can be honest. If you want a tweeny fangirl who will squee without a second thought over everything he does... sorry, but I'm not that girl.

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    2. Wow, "Anonymous"! What a toxic reaction to an honest opinion! We are all fans here, but we don't have to follow in lock step! Some of us have differing opinions, but it is rude and agressive behavior to attack someone for expressing theirs. Get a life!

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  7. gee just because we are fans doesnt mean we have to enjoy all the twilight stars movies, give myaftercar a break people, cant ask for anything but an honest opinion

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  8. I wish I didn't have to wait until November to give you my opinion! Thanks for your honesty babe. It's refreshing. ILY x

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  9. It does look... different, lol. I'll watch it later. @MAC, I love your two stars heehee ;) Rob in a suit always makes things better ;)

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  10. It does look... different, lol. I'll watch it later. @MAC, I love your two stars heehee ;) Rob in a suit always makes things better ;)

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  11. I think what happened here was that Rob wanted to work with Cronenberg, who is notorious for making strange, twisted, movies. In Hollywood you just don't say no to certain directors, and Ithink Rob made an artsy fartsy movie for his colleagues and critics. Just read their blogs. They LOVED it. Lol. The one movie the masses scratch their heads at and the critics praise him.

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  12. I love how there's never a shortage of mean one sided people. Oh wait. Nope. I don't love that. But I do love MyAfterCar. She's a lovely person. And on top of that she things as they really are. No permanent rose colored glasses fused to her face making opinions seem like the most un-original thoughts being spewed around like bile. Hooray for MyAfterCar and TwiCrack!

    Thanks for the honest review. I've seen a lot of conflicting reviews but have to wait for DVD to see for myself.

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