Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Broken Flowers

I know it's hard to be accepted as a serious actor in Hollywood, especially when Bill Murray is already known as an actor who started his first movie in Meatballs. I know that he already gain a major recognition during Saturday Night Live and then suddenly he was thrown into Oscar world. And I respect that. I think he's a great actor. But I have to say, I do missed him doing a lovable comic actor. Sometimes, being funny has its own tragedy. But if he played a man with a tragedy, it just suck out the whole happiness and the tone of a movie.

As the devoutly single, Don Johnston (Bill Murray) is dumped by his latest girlfriend Sherry (Julie Delpy), and he receives a anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. The situation causes Don to examine his relationships with women instead of moving on to the next one, and he embarks on a cross-country search for his old flames like Laura (Sharon Stone), Dora (Francess Conroy), Carmen (Jessica Lange), and Penny (Tilda Swinton) who might possess clues to the mystery at hand.

About this movie, I do like it. I think the performances in this movie are superb. There are many people that shines in this movie. Bill Murray unfortunately once again delivers his dead-pan acting which I thought a bit tiring. I think it's because he's still hangover with the Oscar nomination, he forgot to switch from serious actor to an actor that actually enjoys making film. Please don't sell out. I really like him. He's a brave soul...sometimes it's scary. I know he like playing an ironic character. Nothing's wrong with that. I respect that. But I just wish that he would consider to act more natural rather than playing himself. Jeffrey Wright on the other hand is funny and his comic timing is perfect. He played Winston (somehow it made me connects the Ghostbuster theme), Don's best friend and neighbor. I predict someday he will be recognize in Oscar buzz. Let's cross our fingers.

I laughed few times because of the dialogue's wittiness and some ironic moments that occurs during the movie. The only weakness for me is rooted in the film's strength: I feel like there is not quite enough. Don character is beleaguered and despondent, Bill Murray plays him with perfect subtlety. This is fun and fascinating to watch; I found myself hanging onto every little expression on Murray's face. But, the combination of his passive, muted performance and the spare storytelling left me wanting more. It just doesn't have as much impact as I feel it could have. So, yes, it's wonderful minimalism, but perhaps a bit too slight of a movie to have any lasting resonance.

Ratings: 6/10


Posted at 03:09 pm by hanitje

indres
August 26, 2006   01:42 AM PDT
 
agree, too long. But it's very Jim Jarmusch, isn't ?
reygreena
January 19, 2006   03:13 AM PST
 
the plot is simple but can be made more fun with different casts (and director) :p
reygreena
January 19, 2006   03:11 AM PST
 
too long for something that just go round and round...
 

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