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Unless viewers are aficionados of solo shows and want to see every one they can, this effort comes off as forced, far too self-aware and unfortunately dated.
Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem.
It's hard not to wish that the novel had instead been newly adapted into a real film by a director with the requisite daring and imagination.
Ably filmed by veteran stage producer-director Rowan Joseph, Bradley Rand Smith's theatrical script provides a bravura thespian workout for Ben McKenzie.
Trumbo's aim was a kind of proletarian poetry, but McKenzie's broad emoting has the deadly earnestness of a school play.
Trumbo's dialogue is as subtle as a bayonet charge and as outdated, while McKenzie, alternately shouty and moany, is not the actor to pull it off.
Johnny Got His Gun won't break any box-office records. But it should find a small but loyal audience.
McKenzie has the perfect boy-next-door looks as well as the physical intensity and ardent naturalism to hold your interest. It's a tour-de-force performance, and Joseph's camerawork is fluid and sensitive.
The story of a wounded soldier during World War I and his hallucinations about life and combat serve as a poignant reminder of our country's current situation, but donâ(TM)t do much to elevate it beyond that.
This incarnation of Johnny Got His Gun is a mismatch of medium, text and talent.
Coming out one year after The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's inventively mesmerizing movie about a man who can only communicate through blinking his eyes, places Johnny Got His Gun at a disadvantage.
A veteran theater director, Rowan Joseph adapted Dalton Trumbo's antiwar novel into an Off Broadway play in 1982. If you're still kicking yourself for missing that production, then this film is for you -- and only you.
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