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A few entertaining bits, but mostly just a film about a whiny male protagonist with such a fragile ego and so much entitlement that he's willing to throw his life away for a woman he barely knows. The worst bit is that the director romanticises it and it ends "happily" for him. Dead creepy.
The opening sequence turned out to be pretty telling of the movie's core weaknesses. It just didn't feel like how someone who really got hit in the face like that would depict it. Persistent as this off, play-pretend feel turned out to be here, this is offset by some good moments and an ending that almost comes together. Until the final sequence anyway.
Loved the irony of this movie. And the main actor has enough gaucherie to carry the whole thing off. The comedy of the class characters is really funny. Jim Broadbent's character has the cynicism to balance the movie. Perhaps the murder theme and all those involved in it goes overboard, but what the heck? I stayed with it till the end not knowing where it would lead. Unpredictable. Be prepared for surprises in this movie, that's all I can say. And Beethoven's Emperor concerto is used to perfection.
A refreshing look at the pretensions and insecurities bedeviling young people trying to "make it" in the art world. The climax of the film perfectly satirizes the modern day phenomenon of "notoriety" art passing for the real thing. Throw in the mix unrequited love, a serial killer and an undercover cop trying to become the next Pollock and you have the ideal send up of the art world with its contrived snobbery. The critics were waaay too hard on this little gem.
This movie should have been great. It should have been smart, sarcastic, and hilarious... only it wasn't. Every problem I had with Ghost World is magnified in Art School Confidential with only some of the positives. Yes, the movie is funny at times but a majority of it relies on the art school stereotypes we'd expect. Jerome is not a likable character at all. he's a self-centered dick. The murder plot is completely unnecessary and is only in to make the film over 80 minutes. I'm not a Terry Zwigoff fan but I know for a fact that he's knows how much he fucked up a movie that should have been a bullseye.