Powder Blue Reviews
Little above average drama
Great and different performances from a fab cast
and who can complain about Jessica Biel enjoying every moment!
The script of Powder Blue can be simply put as being bland. It isn't that insightful into understanding its characters and doesn't give much clever for actors such as Jessica Biel or Patrick Swayze to work with instead of pushing them through cliche and uncreative dialogue. It's more fair in treating Lisa Kudrow and occasionally Forest Whitaker, but it really needs improvement to helm a complex path crossing story with many talented actors. It's the kind of script that is still in its drafting stages but seems to have been rushed ahead to production before it could have its flaws figured out and fixed. And with with amateur direction Timothy Linh Bui it falters in telling its story by using a stupid story structure too. But the story is ridiculous. It's excessively pessimistic and has stupid moments of optimism which aren't the slightest bit sensible to the story and just proves how idiotic Timothy Linh Bui is as a filmmaker for making the dumbest attempt to mimic Paul Thomas Anderson's magnificent Magnolia ever. I mean the story is ridiculous. It's repetitive and just piles on stupid drama more and more until a senselessly optimistic ending which is just utterly stupendous.
Powder Blue is memorable for very few things. The cast are those few.
Ray Liotta isn't given much of a character at all. In fact it seems like all he was told to do was sit there and look perplexed by Timothy Linh Bui because that's what he spends most of the film doing. His character goes through strange dynamics and no really chance to develop as a character, but Ray Liotta does give a decent performance in such a limited character role.
And Forest Whitaker deserves much more as an Academy Award winnings actor than he is given in Powder Blue, because the sadness of his character is spawned from the fact that he was dumb enough to try filming while driving, so his character is stupid. But Forest Whitaker does what he can and so the result is semi-decent.
Patrick Swayze does a decent job though, and the only actor in the film that does a genuinely good job is Lisa Kudrow who brings over all the sweetness and kind line delivery which makes her a strong actress, and it makes Powder Blue slightly more bearable. Kris Kristofferson is also a genial presence.
Jessica Biel unfortunately doesn't do much at all. While she makes the film memorable because Powder Blue benefits from her nudity appearing in the film, her performance plays second fiddle to her breasts. She overacts in the dramatic moments and even smiles during the more sad sequences. It doesn't make sense, unless it makes sense to say that she isn't such a great actress. If anything, Powder Blue supports that notion.
Powder Blue is just an abysmally grim pile of ridiculous stories and characters, and the only moments that have any appeal are when Lisa Kudrow and Forest Whitaker share the screen, or when Jessica Biel has taken her clothes off. Unfortunately, neither of these are present in the film enough to justify its terrible quality.
In Powder Blue, four people embark on different journeys that lead them through the same place. A place where loneliness abounds and everything wrings the heart, but where truths and revealed and human connections are found.
stars Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Redmayne and Lisa Kudrow.
directed by Timnothy Linh Bui
It is a movie with certain originality, it is well built and acted, however there are some loose ends: why is the boy in a coma? what makes the mortician so shy? where is the connection between Forest Whittaker's character and Jessica Biel's story?
Plus, for some reason this is advertised as a thriller, I don't think that is right, there is a gangster and a gun but there are not chases or shootings. This is indeed a journey through the human soul, painful but with a good chance of redemption.