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Robbed of its integral LGBTQ themes, 54 is a compromised and disjointed glance at the glory days of disco.
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A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made.
Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way.
The triteness comes thick and fast.
It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking.
Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film.
54 is an entertaining and surprisingly serious look at the infamous New York discotheque, with a genuine nostalgia for the late '70s and early '80s, tempered by a healthy dose of jaundice - but without a sense of condescension or superiority.
The director's cut of 54 is a remarkable artefact that tells us as much about the 1990s as it does the 1970s.
A soapy, fictionalized chronicle of the fast times at 54.
The most affecting moments are shards of sexual behavior... that existed only on the samizdat VHS, the degraded quality suggesting ghostly remnants of film's scissoring [and] the long-dead behaviors on-screen, debauchery and gaucherie alike.
[The Director's Cut] is out and proud, not at all shying away from the sexual aggression of Phillippe's character as he calmly removes his clothes for any gender.
The director's cut still has a pacing that lags during the second act, and now that the film's about the love triangle, the scenes with Julie don't really add anything to the overall story. That being said, it deserves a second chance in its new life.
...comes off like a high-budget cautionary tale, concerned that if it shows anything attractive about Studio 54, some young and innocent viewer might be corrupted...
It is hard to believe that they managed to make a movie about glamour and music (with a great soundtrack) into something so uninteresting and vapid - to the point that ask ourselves why we should care or why these poorly-developed characters would even consider each other friends. (Theatrical version) (2.5/5)
Mark Christopher's newly-restored original cut is remarkably different from the 1998 theatrical version, especially with regard to what it wants to say. (Director's Cut, full review on filmotrope. com) (4/5)
54 is a decent drama that boasts a good cast, but the biggest problem here is the fact that it tries to a broad movie in terms of storytelling, but it never gets quite there. Some of the cast were good, especially Mike Myers who is the film's strongest asset. 54 gives us a glimpse of the lifestyle and excess of the famed nightclub. This film is limited by a so-so script, one that is clearly underdeveloped. However I found the film somewhat entertaining, but it could clearly have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material and they manage to make it work for the most part. This is almost a forgotten film as no one seems to remember the film. The film is not great, but it manages to be interesting and it could have been much better as well. This is worth seeing if you have nothing else better to watch. Myers is good here and like I said, he is the film's best aspect here. The film is a decent drama that should have been much better, and it could have been much better if the script could have been so much better if the script would have been better written. Decent for what it is, 54 is mindless dramatic mindless drama that gives you a hint of what it was like to party in the famed night club. This is a film that scratches the surface, but like I said, should have and could have been much more as well. When the credits you do end up feeling like the film should have been more and you do realize that when the credits start to roll.
Good music and an excellent Mike Myers performance are the highlights of this movie but neither Phillippe nor Campbell can act so the film has two empty spots at its center.
M'eh. Watch "Boogie Nights" for a real film about drugs, partying, hedonism and loss!
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