Rebel in the Rye (2017)
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We see the young Salinger stuck at his desk lighting matches and throwing pages in the garbage. We see his trembling hand hovering above a page. There is sometimes music. When all else fails, there's a montage.
A faithful and often moving look in the life of J.D. Salinger, a warts-and-all portrayal that succeeds in large part because of a dynamically persuasive performance by Nicholas Hoult.
With Rebel in the Rye, we get a solid, well-acted and basically standard biopic.
It's not without its charms and solid observations about the perils and passions of the writerly life, but it's too blunt, too neat, and entirely too starry-eyed about both the creator and his creation.
If Jones doesn't quite pull it off, it is at least a film of many pleasures and a thought-provoking look at American literature's most famous loner.
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