Here is one of those films that I want to respect because the director took a number of creative risks and attempted to try to incorporate art into the story — unfortunately, many of the artistic choices just didn’t work. Thankfully there is one huge redeeming factor to this film, Ben Foster. For some time he has been the supporting character who is in some way, shape or form, crazy. He’s proved that he can not only cross genres but carry a film as the lead…
- Director: Braden King
- Writers: Braden King, Dani Valent
- Cast: Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal, Alla Sahakyan, Narek Nersisyan, Hayk Gasparyan
- Cinematography By: Lol Crawley
- Original Music By: Boxhead Ensemble
As I said before there are a number of great qualities to this film and some great attempt by King to do something different. From starting the film from “behind the scenes” to a 3 minute visual, psychedelic intro with a poetic monologue, the problem is — they only kind of tie into what the film is actually about. It’s like he was trying to take a romantic drama and make it more than it was when he would have been better off either making an art film or making a drama.
One of the big problems is that the intro of the film loses audiences. The visuals are so intense that it’s too hard to focus on the monologue which I’m guessing was important to the film, but I can’t really tell you because all I was thinking is “please don’t let these swirling images keep going.” The fact is, there was no real need for it. And though I like the idea of starting the film with us hearing the crew get ready and hearing the director yell “action” — it just didn’t work for this film because it had nothing to do with the plot.
There were all these extra things tagged on, and I think that with some hefty chopping there is actually quite a good story in here. If the film would have just lets us watch the amazing performances by Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal and their story unfold, this could have been a great film. It’s great to see Foster in a lead role doing well and coming off as both charming and sexy. Let’s see some more of it!
There is a great film within this film, but it’s just not ready for audiences yet. There were a number of bold choices added that though were interesting were not needed in order to best tell the story in this film. On thing is for sure, Ben Foster, it’s time for some leading roles for you.
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