|Collateral & Vanity Fair
||[Sep. 13th, 2004|06:40 am]
'Collateral' was a pretty weird movie. Jamie Foxx was absolutely amazing; he should be up for best actor without a doubt. Tom Cruise was ... weird. No one else could probably play a killing machine with the charm he has, but ultimately he seemed mechanical and unreflective, as though his inner life was crowded out by training and reflexes. I'd recommend anyone who likes suspense -- as opposed to action -- movies see it, for Foxx especially.|
'Vanity Fair' has taken a beating from movie critics, and not without cause. There's a certain lack of cohesion and flow to the narrative, and Reece Witherspoon's Becky seems a bit more feckless than she should -- anyone that manipulative and cunning should be able to graph consequences out farther. But if you have any interest in costume drama, 'Vanity Fair' is well worth seeing. My view on movies is that a really interesting failure of a movie is more fun than an unalloyed success. If nothing else, Mira Nair brings a Bollywood sensibility to this piece, meaning 4 really entertaining musical production numbers. And Nair must have a real soft spot for buffoonish men, asthe heart of this movie is in the character William Dobbin, played by Rhys Ifans. In 'Monsoon Wedding' the ridiculous caterer's hopeless love for the servant steals the show, and in 'Vanity Fair', the bloated, garish Dobbin's hopeless mooning over Becky transcends the pervasive nastiness of high society portrayed in the rest of the movie.