‚Interview‚? is definitely such a movie; it is in its totality all about a conversation between a cynical reporter and a young and beautiful Hollywood star; their differing views on life the source of conflict and hence drama. When the two characters are played by Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller, success would seem to be guaranteed.
The movie ends up being hit and miss. Buscemi and Miller are indeed excellent, and the tone of the film is nicely low key, but the script is surprisingly weak. When the whole piece is essentially a conversation, one would expect the conversation to be insightful and fresh. Three writers are credited, and that may be a few too many. Clich√ (C)s are strongly present in the dialog, and the points the two characters make about art, creativity and gender are for a too large part way too obvious and uninspired.
Still, as a whole the tone and especially acting compensate for the most important aspect surprisingly well. I‚(TM)m glad I didn‚(TM)t get to just read the script, but got Buscemi‚(TM)s delicate direction and his nuanced performance with equally controlled Miller to carry even the hollow parts of writing.
The characters aren't that likable, the dialogue just weird and the way they kept switching topics and being all touchy feely with each other doesn't feel real and thus pulls you out of the film's reality a bit at times.
The twist is SO bloody obvious, given her profession and the film's opening, which ruins things a tad.
It's a good exercise in not judging a book by its cover, but a film that never truly finds its feet overall.
I'd have been really pissed off though if I'd had to pay to watch it.
but in the end, it's a twist!
I have had this one sitting around for well over a year unwatched, and decided finally to put it on. Wow. Now I see how I waited so long, and I wish I'd gone one step further and never brought in the house to start with!
It's rare for me to see an indie movie and be so totally bored by it. I expected something better from Steve Buscemi. Sienna Miller I never really rated to start with, so I guess it was obvious I would not care about her vapid actress character either. Honestly these are the two most boring people in a film and you are expected to sit and watch them exclusively for 80 minutes. That is a short running time, but believe me, it doesn't feel short. 25 minutes of it did not feel short. I am glad I skipped ahead rather than waste my time, though I honestly I could have more constructively just jumped on IMDB and read the spoilers. That would have gained me an additional 10 minutes back of my life.
This story does not ring true in any way. Avoid it. Don't say I didn't warn you...