Sympathy for Delicious Reviews
Summary: Struggling for survival on the rough streets of Los Angeles, newly paralyzed DJ "Delicious" Dean O'Dwyer gains the supernatural ability to heal the sick. But he uses the gift to capitalize on his dreams of rock success in this offbeat drama. Written by Thornton, Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut also stars Orlando Bloom as the front man of a rock band and Laura Linney as the group's persistent manager.
My Thoughts: "I wish I could say I loved the film and that Mark Ruffalo did an amazing job at directing. But I just didn't care for the movie or it's character's. The directing was a bit shaky. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I know this story has to do with what Mark's friend Chris kind of went through with trying healing techniques. Orlando Bloom wasn't at all impressive in this role. I'm not sure if it was his acting or the character. I liked Juliette Lewis in this. The story just doesn't play out well. It was just OK and I wish I could say some positive things about the film since I am a big fan of Mark's, but honestly the film fell flat as well as the acting."
Mark Ruffalo is definitely one of the best actors around right now but sadly with his first directorial effort "Sympathy for Delicious," does not show the same level of aptitude, with a fondness for stunt casting and cliched shots of the Los Angeles River. To be fair, I do not think the most experienced of directors would have had much luck with this very uneasy mix of magic realism and rock and roll. So as much as I appreciate any effort to explore the plight of the homeless, wading into Ken Russell's old territory of music gods should never be for the faint of heart.
And I was wrong.
This is an interesting little parable, sort of like Jose Saramago's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Christopher Thornton plays a down-on-his-luck, homeless DJ who finds the power to heal. Absurdly and feeling used by the local priest, he goes on the road with a local touring band and becomes a circus act and danger to himself and others.
Ruffalo is once again amazing. The film isn't bad, and it shows Ruffalo's eye for great performances (except for Orlando Bloom, who manages to infuse his performance with Lord of the Rings-style bullshit).
The film, while telling a fantasy/Catholic guilt story, has realistic portrayals that make up for time lapses and kept me interested and pinned. A lot of films that touch on these themes would probably make the whole thing a carnival, but because of the nuance and amazing atmosphere, I felt compelled, even touched. I don't know what I and critics were expecting. It's no masterpiece, for sure, but it's a lot better than the other films that have been released this year. These days, that's more than enough.
Dizzy and over-the-top, director/actor Mark Ruffalo has created an interesting, though not all together successful film that is original in style and plot, but lacks in coherancy.
Christopher Thornton gives an excellent performance as a former DJ who is now wheelchair bound and living on the streets of L.A. He meets a priest who helps him find that he can physically heal people, just not himself. He uses his gift to become a member of a rock band instead of helping others.
Overall I am giving the film a slight thumbs up, but the possibilities here are much more than what we get. Good performances and direction help, but the overall story just isn't tight enough.