No Such Thing (2001)
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Beauty meets the Beast, and neither is sure just what to make of the other, in a modern-dress comic variation on the ancient folk tale, written and directed by the eternally offbeat Hal Hartley. Beatrice (Sarah Polley) works with the office staff of a sleazy tabloid TV news show, run by a harridan producer (Helen Mirren) eager for something other than the usual spate of violent crimes and natural disasters that are her show's bread and butter. The producer sends her camera crew to Iceland in
Mar 29, 2002 Limited
Jul 9, 2002
United Artists Films/ MGM - Official Site
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I watched the brainless insanity of No Such Thing with mounting disbelief.
No Such Thing may be far from perfect, but those small, odd Hartley touches help you warm to it.
Everything's serious, poetic, earnest and -- sadly -- dull.
By the end of No Such Thing the audience, like Beatrice, has a watchful affection for the monster.
Instead of arresting a downward-spiralling career, Hartley's latest folly (one of the worst movies in Cannes 2001) shows what happens to an iconoclastic director when he neglects his intsinctive talent for small, quirly indies and goes uproariously big.
For a guy who has waited three years with breathless anticipation for a new Hal Hartley movie to pore over, No Such Thing is a big letdown.
Like the world of his film, Hartley created a monster but didn't know how to handle it.
It's not a particularly good film, but neither is it a monstrous one.
Laced with liberal doses of dark humor, gorgeous exterior photography, and a stable-full of solid performances, No Such Thing is a fascinating little tale.
No Such Thing breaks no new ground and treads old turf like a hippopotamus ballerina.
A stirring, funny and finally transporting re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast and 1930s horror films
Can a philosophical monster movie work when it's not meant to be scary? Apparently indie bad boy Hal Hartley thinks so.
So unique and stubborn and charismatic that you want it to be better and more successful than it is.
On a cutting room floor somewhere lies...footage that might have made No Such Thing a trenchant, ironic cultural satire instead of a frustrating misfire.
It's a film with an idea buried somewhere inside its fabric, but never clearly seen or felt.
Little more than a stylish exercise in revisionism whose point ... is no doubt true, but serves as a rather thin moral to such a knowing fable.
Audience Reviews for No Such Thing
- Monster: I can't go out there and be expected not to kill anybody.
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