Kristin Scott Thomas
Schrader spent too much time trying to beat the audience over the head with the homosexuality in the film. We were constantly forced to look at “provocative” homosexual photos that I can only imagine were there to make the audience feel uncomfortable. As it turns out, they were more distracting than anything and were a reminder that the filmmakers put more energy into trying to shock you than to develop the story.
Overall I have to say that this was a really boring film. I was never concerned for the main character’s well being and I couldn’t get into the weak mystery plot. No one seemed to be in any real trouble and the characters were so shallow and empty that I was almost wanting them to die, or at least get hurt.
How you feel about this film will greatly depend on whether or not you can accept Woody Harrelson as a gay, Southern, rich man. Woody seemed extremely uncomfortable with his dialogue and accent, so if he can’t buy into his character, there’s really no chance for the audience. I really enjoy Kristin Scott Thomas and she’s better than this film. Everyone else did a decent job, but this was clearly Woody’s film to make or break. In my opinion, this film was a little out of his realm.
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