BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003658Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Johnny Suede
DVD disk
01.30.2008 By: Quigles
Johnny Suede order
Director:
Tom DiCillo

Actors:
Brad Pitt
Catherine Keener
Nick Cave

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A childish, laidback wannabe rock star learns there's more to life than just a pair of black suede shoes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sporting a massive pompadour and a brand new pair of slick suede shoes, Brad Pitt took his first leading role as Johnny Suede in respected indie director Tom DiCillo's feature debut. It's the offbeat tale of a wannabe rock star with an immature attitude and childlike naivety, as he strides his way through the skuzzy depths on New York, charming women, scrounging up work from his friend, and trying to make his career as a singing guitar player with an old school sound. In many ways, the character resembles that of David Lynch's ERASERHEAD anti-hero, and with the film's bizarre dream sequences, artsy camp appeal, and arbitrary inclusion of midgets, that's not the only way it evokes Lynch.

JOHNNY SUEDE is a classic example of style over substance. The end of the film implicates that Johnny has matured and understands his true identity, but the causation of this transformation—the losing of one of his suede shoes—is as immature as anything we've seen from him. This brings up another issue: the character just isn't that interesting. The only thing that makes him interesting is seeing a younger Brad Pitt, not yet having reached stardom. Some of the weirdness surrounding Johnny's trials and tribulations help add weight to the film, notably the successful mirror image of the character (who's actually a total degenerate), Freak Storm, played by Nick Cave. Additions like these make the film worthwhile, even if it doesn't have a lot to offer as a whole.
THE EXTRAS
Just the commentary, unfortunately. This coupled with the awful video/audio make for one poor disc.

Audio Commentary (with director Tom DiCillo): Recorded in 2005 for a UK release of the film, this is an interesting and highly informative track that all fans of the director are sure to love.

There's also a Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
JOHNNY SUEDE is a weird, mildly interesting film, made better by it being Brad Pitt's first lead role.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!