The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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An adaptation of the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, this longtime pet project of Murray's will only disappoint his many fans.
A gratifying gamble for the immersive Bill Murray
Dismal misfire by Murray trying early on for drama accolades
Sincere try, but even with censorship issues, the 1946 version was better.
The Razor's Edge may be a truncated and somewhat episodic adaptation, but it's certainly compelling enough to keep you involved for a solid two hours.
Murray provides an interesting performance; the movie grows on you.
Were it paced more smoothly, and if the lead character's spiritual search was developed instead of just hinted at, this could have been a great film.
An American's quest for the meaning of life takes him from Iowa to Tibet to discover the spiritual practices of equanimity, atttention, and compassion.
"Don't write that book report to it, just enjoy its eccentricities."
2.5-3. Good intentions but tonally it often did not work. There's some good material in the last third of the film but it sadly is almost entirely squandered. Motivations are razor thin. In the end, everyone involved had hearts that were in the right place making it but they didn't really deliver.
Good intentions do not a good film make, stick with the original.
The Razor's Edge, Bill Murray's first attempt at a serious dramatic role, was received with less than stellar reviews at the time of it's release, but it set a precedent he would follow the rest of his career. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, the script was written by Murray and director John Byrum, with financing provided for Murray's "pet project" only on the condition that he would star in the new film, "Ghostbusters" (and in fact, shooting for Ghostbusters began immediately after wrapping The Razor's Edge). Murray stars as Larry Darrell, a man from an upper class society who, along with his friend Gray (James Keach), volunteers to drive a Red Cross ambulance on the battlefields of France in WWI. They find the brutality of war to be a much different thing than they expected, and when Larry witnesses a friend dying after he himself falls wounded, he finds he can no longer return to comfortable society life. Rather than become an accountant and marry his fiance Isabel (Catherine Hicks, in a role similar to that of Joan Greenwood's in "Kind Hearts and Coronets"), he instead goes to Paris to "think". After working in coal mines and traveling to India and Tibet, he returns to Paris to live a life of quiet contemplation (after finding the materialistic Isabel has married Gray). There he meets his childhood sweetheart (Theresa Russell), who's also suffered a great loss. When the two become a romantic item, the jealous Isabel seeks to destroy their love. The film is well made with great locations, but the acting is all over the place. The performances remind me of those in "The Great Santini". However, Bill Murray is Bill Murray, and regardless of how great his performance is, he essentially plays himself in every film. That said, I liked this film. When Isabel confronts Larry at the end, asking him what the point of everything is, he tells her there is no point. But this isn't a critique of life in general, just of her shallow, materialistic life, and there is no point in seeking perfection where it doesn't exist. A cynical person could say this is just a film about showing how the wealthy crumble apart when their perfect worlds get turned upside-down, but rich or poor, no one's allusions are shatterproof.
Bill Murray's very first dramatic role is affable and quite moving, especially in the heartbreaking epilogue, when he talks about the rewards of living a good life, and then we see him, in a deeply poetic moment, climbing up the montmartre stairs, metaphorically continuing his journey of self discovery. That and some other moments nearly brought me to tears.
A David Lean-like epic with a sensitive core and beautiful music by Jack Nitzsche.
Unfairly panned by critics and public alike.
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