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Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

 

Title - Wonder Boys
My Admission - $6.00
One Line Review - Time Magazine calls it "A Noble Failure"

 

One Line Review - Time Magazine calls it "A Noble Failure"

Review - I'm still trying to find the words to describe Wonder Boys accurately.  There's quite a melee of words to choose from so let's just start with 'enough'.  Curtis Hanson's 'Wonder Boys' is not the best or most interesting film you'll see this year but it’s definitely worth your time.  I want to venture and say that enough people will get the theme of the film and find some sort of connection with the material.  I'm disturbed about the ones who won't get it or care about it; they'll just think the film is dull.

Don't misinterpret my wording, "I enjoyed the film".  The characters are pretty cool and the acting is great.  Katie Holmes is sadly underused and her character, virtually pointless.  Robert Downey Jr. is incredible, and

Michael Douglas and Tobey Macguire are alive.  This cast is as real as

I've seen.  The whole group, working from a script by Steve Kloves, are involved in a spiral of events and circumstances that will lead to ‘inevitable change'.

Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, a professor of literature who once, wrote a book.  A book received with such critical success that it’s used as standard curriculum text in other professor's classes.  He's spent the last 7years writing his follow-up.  Robert Downey Jr. is his editor and very good friend who's just flown into town for a 'Word fest' at Douglas's college. Tobey Macguire & Katie Holmes are students in Douglas's

Literature Workshop and Frances McDormond is the wife of the Dean.

It may not sound like much, but give these guys some codeine, pot, and some bourbon and thing'sll start spinning.  In most cases I'd say:  "It's what lies at the end of the spiral that really matters", but Wonder Boys reminds you of the small, yet incredible, journey one must endure in order to reach 'inevitable change'.

"There's a story in that."

"Oh, yes there is."

-m-



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