Love Liza Reviews
Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance is certainly the most notable aspect of the film, making it worth watching for its shear depth and power alone. He embodies the manic personality perfectly, sometimes deliriously upbeat, other times helplessly distraught and confused. This is what the film gets right, a loss such as what Hoffman's character experienced is not easily gotten over, and does not offer happy endings or easy answers. Life can be confusing, inexplicable, and harsh, Love Liza captures this with a mature sense surpassing many similarly themed films.
The problem with Love Liza, however, is that its script, smart in its characterizations, doesn't pay off in a narrative sense. The relationship between Hoffman and his wife is never fully explored, with no sense of resolution to be had, which can work, but only if we can more aptly identify with the dynamics at work. The film offers interesting characters, but raises more questions than it answers, leaving the film in a bit of a meandering spot.
An overall effective drama, notable for its strong central performance.
Wilson Joel: You wanna read it? Go ahead
Mary Ann Bankhead: It doesn't have my name on it.
Wilson Joel: Yea you're right. It doesn't.
Mary Ann Bankhead: But if it did I would open it, because that's what she wants.
Wilson Joel: Wanted. What she wanted.
Mary Ann Bankhead: And you refuse to honor that.
Wilson Joel: Is there something you wanna know?
Mary Ann Bankhead: No, I think there is something you don't wanta know.
Wilson Joel: I don't. I don't, I loved well. I did. I did, I loved well I don't want a letter. I don't want a fucking letter!
Mary Ann Bankhead: She left reasons Wil.
Wilson Joel: It's my name!
Phillip Seymour Hoffman interpreta perfectamente a Wilson, un hombre deprimido y que a raiz de la muerte de su esposa, empieza a comportarse erráticamente de maneras que van de drogarse con gasolina y adoptar el hobbie de aviones de juguete. A pesar de su tema rudo, me costó conectarme co todas las emociones. Eso no le quita el reconocimiento de las actuaciones, el dialogo humorístico a pesar de la tragedia y la cinematografia.
Random encounters with his mother in law turn into shouting matches over the letter she left behind. His model plane obsession and his huffing gas has clouded his mind as he tries to avoid ever reading the letter. Ironically this gasoline he collects and stores in his home only turns into a reason for him to read the letter and to forget about what has happen over the past few days.
There are a few memorable scenes in this little acting showcase of Philip Seymour Hoffman. One in which involves Wilson going for a swim in a lake where a remote control boat race is taking place and also the ending where he decides to burn away the tragedy that had befallen him. It's a typical art house film about losing someone that doesn't hold up well due to Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance. It's a good performance, but it kind of makes the film be only that of a talent show for Philip.
Some good music by Jim O'Rourke and performances by Hoffman and Kathy Bates are the only highlights of this befuddled tale of loss.