Friday, May 30, 2008
My Life Without Me
A tearjerker about a young mother with a month to live that rightfully passed the bullshit detectors of Sarah Polley and producer Pedro Almodovar. It did take a small leap of faith to believe that Polley would want to experience the love of someone other than husband Scott Speedman, as Scott Speedman is cuuuuute.
Peter Stormare, James Gandolfini and Joaquin Phoenix do an excellent job of bringing the post-Seven sleazy set design and Andrew Kevin Walker script to flamboyant life, but Joel Schumacher's direction lacks the exploitive pizazz and detached eeriness David Fincher and Paul Schrader respectively gave similar material. Nic Cage acts like Bruce Willis if he traded his charisma for a little more hair. SPOILER! Seeing this after watching The Wire makes the identity of "Machine" infinitely funnier.