BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003765Reviews & 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
Solitary Man
DVD disk
10.18.2010 By: Jason Adams
Solitary Man order download
Director:
Brian Koppelman , David Levien

Actors:
Michael Douglas
Jenna Fischer
Susan Sarandon

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A smooth talking womanizer loses everything after a misguided one night stand and must rebuild his life with the family and friends he ignored for years.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Michael Douglas has been on a roll the past few years with great role after great role (GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST forgiven) and SOLITARY MAN is no exception. It's a less showy performance than his eccentric yet equally impressive turn in KING OF CALIFORNIA, but it really plays to the man's strengths as an actor.

Ben Kalmen is a sleazy, almost reprehensible human being but it affords Douglas the ability to step in the shoes of a familiar archetype. He's successful and charming, a smooth talker, effortless with the ladies—someone we imagine Douglas to be in real life—but he's also a cheater, a liar and an overall scumbag who's only concerned with getting tail and having a good time, making the aptly titled SOLITARY MAN a character study of a really pitiful human being. Douglas is able to layer the potentially obvious performance with an underlying sense of fear, making Kalmen a man scared of connection, scared of dying, scared of knowing anything about himself (including the fact that he might be dying). From the writers of the criminally underrated ROUNDERS, SOLITARY MAN is a redemption story we've seen on film many times before, but the script doesn't sugarcoat the situation or abruptly change the character unrealistically. And Douglas really sells the role to makes it his own.

The movie sports a fantastic supporting cast including Susan Sarandon, Mary Louise Parker, Danny DeVito, THE SOCIAL NETWORK's Jesse Eisenberg, Jenna Fischer (still clearly stretching her dramatic legs), Imogen Poots (hehe) and even a quick appearance by Brita from "Community." As you can expect, none of these are big roles, just quick appearances revolving around Douglas, but each actor get at least one good scene with the title character to make their mark. (Danny DeVito is so crazy as Frank Reynolds on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" now that you almost forget he’s a very competent dramatic actor as well.) But make no mistake, this is Michael Douglas' movie and given the man's unfortunate current situation, one that might be too fitting.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by writers/directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien and actor Douglas McGrath: The commentary is light and fairly easy to listen to, with the expected behind the scenes stories and thematic insight, but the serious lack of Michael Douglas is noted. (Especially with the weird inclusion of McGrath who plays a very minor throwaway role.)

Alone in the Crowd (11:45): Your standard PR fluff piece with nothing but nice things to say about the actors and film.

Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Michael Douglas is SOLITARY MAN (literally and metaphorically, I suppose), giving another fantastic performance that carries the film. The story itself is a fairly standard redemption tale, but Douglas elevates it to worth-watching status.

Extra Tidbit: This marks the first time Douglas and DeVito have shared the screen since WAR OF THE ROSES. Kathleen Turner is still MIA.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

Best Selling

| August 2016 More Best Selling
  • 1
    The Jungle Book
  • 2
    Captain America: Civil War (3D)
  • 3
    Captain America: Civil War
  • 4
    Beauty and the Beast (25th Anniv.)
  • 5
    Star Trek Beyond

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More