Plan B Reviews
Diane Keaton was phenomenal
Watch this space (when I watch it again)
What reviews I've read of this film have generally painted it as completely dire. One even called it the worst movie ever made. Well, I certainly wouldn't go that far--my love for Keaton as an actress probably saved me from that. But even so, Plan B is rather enjoyable, if completely slight, as a film. It's funny in spots, and semi-amusing at others. At no point does the film approach brilliance, but it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously either, which helps a bit. The fate of Maloni--pure, crazy, over-the-top camp--was surprising but quite effective.
Keaton... well, she spent most of the movie on the edge of hysteria. Seriously. Keaton played Fran as a flighty, highstrung, extremely nervous old lady... who begins to discover a little of her own authority and strength as she kidnaps each of these gangsters, none of whom have any qualms about slapping her about and giving her as good as they get. It's probably hard for people who aren't fans of Keaton to stomach her performance--her mannerisms (giggles, fidgeting etc) are out in full force here, and one would probably have to blame director Greg Yaitanes for not reining her in a little. Nevertheless, Keaton is endlessly amusing, particularly when she faints, or displays an incredibly flexible body when she gets practically body-slammed into a wall and almost folds over backwards. In her character's quieter moments, Keaton is as effective a dramatic actress as ever. The muted disbelief and pain when she finally confronts Maloni over his having killed her husband are rather beautiful moments, as is her quiet think on the patio when she finds out who really killed her husband. She's also quite quite beautiful in this film, even when dressed in a sloppy suit with a hat perpetually glued to her forehead. At least Yaitanes talked her out of the gloves...!