Review Date: December 07, 2000
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Mike Rich
Producers: Sean Connery, Laurence Mark, Rhonda Tollefson
I don't know, maybe I just predicted too much of this film from the get-go, but I can't imagine anyone else not doing the same. And with very little development around the two main protagonists of the story, I just didn't get into their characters as much as I was hoping to. I would have liked more background on both of them as well. The little we did learn wasn't enough to satisfy all of my queries. And despite the film moving at a decent pace (it's long but I didn't feel it go by), Van Sant made some very odd choices in directing, which stood out for me as a viewer. The slo-mo shots seemed out of place in this straight-forward drama and the final speech given by one of the characters was drowned out by a grand score, meant to tug at us emotionally. Only I was left wondering what the words were that he was saying. I mean, the film is about writers after all and yet we are barely treated to any words written by either of the two main players. That was too bad. With that in mind, I would suggest anyone interested in this topic to check out WONDER BOYS (8/10) starring Michael Douglas. That film also covers just about the same points made in this one, only it focuses more on the older character instead of the younger one, and does provide for a much stronger story and better developed secondary characters. All in all, this movie was an interesting watch, mainly because of the great chemistry between the two leads, but left me with very little to take home and even less to recommend to others.