Can’t Reach Beyond Mediocrity
As a fan of Ang Lee, Dimitri Martin, and Emile Hirsch I hoped that movie was seeing, but I was let down.
This movie was cheesy, it had all these moments that were supposed to be of great importance but they just didn't live up to that. This is one of those movies that really could have been great, it was knocking on the door of greatness but too many of the pieces didn't fit. I felt that a number of the actors thought that they were in a different film, everyone was playing to their own beat and because of that we were left with a largely unbalanced movie.
One of the weakest links within this film was the role of Michael played by ‘Johnathan Groff’, I am not saying Groff isn't talented, I think he did the best with what he was given but the part all in all was ridiculous. It played out like Groff is some kind of omniscient at peace presence within the sixties movement. To me this all came off as ridiculously contrived and unrealistic, every moment he was on screen I cringed at the awkwardness that was taking place.
This movie is stuffed full of underdeveloped characters. Really the only two characters I had any attraction to, were the two acid people where Elliot meets on his walk to Woodstock. They seemed like the types you would have run into in that time.
My respect for Ang Lee has gone down a few notches. I can’t help but to wonder if he realized mid filming that this film wasn't going to work. Emile Hirsch's part as a Vietnam vet gone crazy, it was well meaningful but simply didn’t work. I will say Emile gave this role everything he could but at the end of the day it just wasn't very well written. And he wasn't given enough time to develop this person.
It’s such a shame that this movie is bad, because I truly felt that it could have been a really fantastic film. It would have been made better if only handled in a slightly different manner; by I guess not focusing on people as such blatant clichés.
On the whole, all of the actors tried hard, but the writing and narrating were pathetic!
Rating: 1 / 5