65 posts categorized "Biopic"

January 09, 2021

SEBERG

SebergWorthy. Screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel do a respectable job with the impossible task of condensing the complex character of Jean Seberg (see Jean Luc Goddard's "Breathless") into an unvarnished filmic portrait. To that end, Kristen Stewart excels at every level. Kristen Stewart is just so damned convincing as Jean Seberg. We buy her, heart and soul. To say that Ms. Stewart’s portrayal is brilliant is a vast understatement.

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Still, the film derails at various ham-fisted plot points as when a villainous character kills a dog. Screenwriting 101, no children or dogs unless absolutely necessary.

The film’s thematic point that the FBI’s COINTELPRO Surveillance Program, under freaky-deaky FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, was responsible in some degree for Jean Seberg’s untimely death is clear. While not a date movie, “Seberg” is well worth watching. 

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Jean Seberg was tortured and nearly killed by Otto Preminger while playing Joan of Arc in his film version. She also believed in supporting the Black Power Movement of the ‘60s. Naiveté will get you every time.   

Rated R. 102 mins. 

Three Stars

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June 06, 2020

STAN & OLLIE

Today's Cole Smithey Film-To-Stream: STAN & OLLIE —Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly are exquisite as the comic duo who charmed the world in this immaculate picture. The dance sequences are great. Oh, the joys of physical comedy. 

Stan & Ollie

Bravo! 

5 Stars

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June 12, 2019

ROCKETMAN

RocketmanHindered by faulty construction and lax editing that tires out the audience long before its two-hour run time passes, “Rocketman” is nonetheless an energetic fantasy version of Elton John’s incredible career in music.

Inspired musical vignettes set to magnificent Elton John songs such as “The Bitch Is Back” or “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” arrive with dance sequences that put “La La Land” to shame. There are times when it feels like the scattershot story gets in the way of the music.

This film’s overall success derives directly from Taron Egerton’s infectious performance as Elton John. His facial expressions deserve their own chapter in the latest book on the craft of film acting. There is magic here.

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This picture should serve as Egerton’s break-out feature film role given the vast gifts of physicality, emotional register, and dynamics on display here. You may not be familiar with Taron Egerton from his part in the forgettable “Kingsman” movie franchise, but Egerton’s Elton John blows Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury off the stage. Judging from Egerton’s work here, it seems as if there is nothing this fine British actor cannot, or will not, do.

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Jamie Bell elevates his supporting role as Bernie Taupin, Elton’s songwriting partner, to something sublime. Bell matches Egerton note for note, beat for beat, in every scene they share. The effect is mesmerizing. Bryce Dallas Howard fulfills her role as Elton John’s cruel mother Sheila with laser-like precision. It makes you want to see Bryce Dallas Howard in more movies.

Rated R. 121 mins.

Four Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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