High Fidelity Reviews
En fin, es una buena obra a secas con una trama muy simplona, al puro estilo gringo de acostones y revolcones, pero a fin de cuentas usa una narrativa interesante que a cualquier escritor le gustaría usar y es lo que realmente la hace buena y al mismo tiempo aburrida a otros ratos, no así, interesante. Algo muy raro con sentimientos encontrados al verla.
It's a great movie! Lots of great music and great characters. But, it is pretty difficult to sympathize with John Cusack's character. He is definitely self-centered and thoroughly self absorbed. Cusack's character mellows enough by the ending to make him certainly more tolerable than he was at the beginning.
But, everything else works great. The script is by four screenwriters, including Cusack. Regardless, it all clicks, which you wouldn't expect from a screen writing-by-committee production.
The big discovery in this film was Jack Black. And, it's great to see what Black was like when he was full of boundless energy, instead of his more-subdued self today. The rest of the cast is very good too!
The original novel was based in England, and was transplanted to Chicago for the film. It works well, and you have to love the talk of vinyl between all the characters, especially since vinyl is currently making the resurgence it is.
Recommended for those who love a good movie, and can put up with Cusack's character while he grows up during the film!
********* (9 Out of 10 Stars)
Jack Black is at his best in this film!
Rob Gordon (Cusack) is an intense music-lover. As a school dropout, Rob doesn't have many career choices, so he owns his own record store. Dick (Louiso) and Barry (Black), are Rob's co-workers. Dick is a calm, awkward, and boring sort of character, while Barry is a crazy hot head. All three guys love music, and consider themselves experts on all things musical. During his life, Rob has struggled to keep a girlfriend. Admittedly, it's easily to understand why. Basically, Rob's an extreme asshole, and he doesn't understand women at all. After his most recent breakup with Laura (Iben Hjejle), Rob sets out to find out why he can't seem to keep a solid relationship.
High Fidelity is quite possibly one of the best films I've ever seen. First off, the films lead played by Cusack is a brilliant character. He's your average guy with female problems. He's a high school dropout and music and film enthusiast. He's one of those guys you can really relate to, either because you are one of those guys, or you definitely know a guy like Rob. Cusack's performance is utterly brilliant. He often turns to the camera to narrate his life and give commentary on a particular situation, It's a wonderful technique that works really well. Aside from Cusack, Jack Black really stands out. He shines in his small role, bringing some great comedy into the film.
The film mostly centers around Rob's relationship issues. He examines each relationship he's ever been in, trying to figure out what went wrong so he can correct his current predicament. This is one of those films that makes you think about life and relationships. It reminds me very much of the Coen's cult classic, The Big Lebowski. It's about a lowlife guy with allot of baggage. When Rob finally understands he's been chasing a fantasy, he realizes what a real relationship is actually supposed to be like.
The screenplay for the film is written by D. V. DeVincentis, Scott Rosenberg, Steve Pink, and the star of the film, John Cusack. It's a brilliant script with great characters, edgy dialogue, and fantastic comedy. Director Stephen Frears does a wonderful job directing the film and the actors. He's known for his direction of other popular films, including; My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen, and most recently, the brilliant British drama and comedy, Philomena. Finally, the wonderful cinematography. The film is shot by Seamus McGarvey, who has received a few Academy Award nominations for his work on Joe Wright's 2007 WWI drama, Atonement. He's shot several notable films including; We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Avengers, Godzilla (2014), and Fifty Shades of Grey. Admittedly, his cinematography on Fifty Shades of Grey was impressive, even if the film was shit.
"High Fidelity" is one of those films that just rocks in every way. It's just a hair away from being a cult classic-in my opinion. Cusack gives a memorable performance, the script is superb, and the soundtrack is great. It's one of those films that actually has substance at it's heart. Amidst the great comedy, classic music, and vinyl records is a film about life.