Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Genius (2016)

IMDb plot summary: A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
Directed by Michael Grandage. Starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Guy Pearce.

(Mild spoilers ahead.)

This movie trickles in and out in terms of interestingness. Approaching the story of the tortured genius from the perspective of the editor-writer relationship is a refreshing angle, and the most interesting scenes are those which follow that process. Where the movie flops a bit is in its determination to bring in a message about what it means to really live and finishes it in such an overly sentimental way that it made me roll my eyes. I'm not sure how much of this story is based in reality, but it certainly felt like it had been molded to fit the necessary dramatic arc, and not for the better. There's a really interesting narrative in here, but it unravels a bit as the movie becomes desperate to get its message across.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Genius > Harry and the Hendersons
Genius < Argo
Genius < A Matter of Life and Death
Genius > Foolproof
Genius < Selma
Genius < Deconstructing Harry
Genius < The Avengers
Genius > Let the Right One In
Genius < Must Love Dogs
Genius > Lost in America
Genius > Like Crazy

Final spot: #1067 out of 2471.

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