Written by Brain Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Directed by Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana & Olivia Wilde
I love Bradley Cooper and this is another great role for him. He is a struggling writer who falls upon an old manuscript of the great American novel. Cooper is a very believable character in everything he plays. His insecurities and his vulnerabilities play on screen. He isn’t of the same caliber as Philip Saymour Hoffman or Gary Oldman but he is more of a Hollywood leading man. His physic and his abilities are vastly appreciated on film. Cooper has vast amounts of subtlety and depth to his character that a Channing Tatum or a Josh Hartnett wouldn’t be able to portray.
Olivia Wilde makes an appearance along with Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Zoe Saldana. In truth its an all-star cast and a wonderful mix of faces and characters. Everything fits cleanly and properly together. The cinematography keeps it simple and bright making each actor shines with talent.
The story plays more like a novel then a film. The characters don’t jump out of exploding buildings or stab each other in the back. Its much more of a think piece. The film plays with the idea that each word has meaning even in its familiarity. The characters have strong relationships and meaningful expressions of life and love.
The plot is very much rooted in real life and the meaning of life. Its hard to watch at some point because of how grounded it is. This is the kind of movie that really makes you think. The entertainment value is given in the spirit of wisdom not distraction. If you are a deep thinker this movie will stimulate your brain vain.
Top 5. This is a film about life and the meaning peaks through the lines of a filmstrip and burns it’s image on the walls.