Supporting Characters Reviews
As a movie about film editors, "Supporting Characters" suffers in the shadows of Albert Brooks' previous "Modern Romance." That's not say "Supporting Characters" it not without its share of pluses, namely being an amiable romantic comedy with a likable cast. It also has a sweet conversation centered around "Indecent Proposal." But just as "Supporting Characters" seeks to show how important editors are to putting together a film, it also gives a tutorial in how not to edit one, which is namely illustrated by the movie's inconsistencies.
That's the strength of the movie - that it rings true. Things get complicated, people are less than honest, etc. No one is terribly bad, those things just happen. But in a movie with a slow, uninvolving story and nothing real eye-catching in how the movie is made, I guess my rating is a testament of how accurate I thought the writing to be.
The storytelling in this movie is well done and the humor is interjected in a way that makes this story flow and keep you really involved in each of the characters.
This is a great movie to watch with your significant other, as it has enough humor and drama and moves along fast enough to make sure everyone will have a great time!
The movie is well written with some very interesting scenes in, however at times the movie and dialogue can feel a little dry. The story is an original tale and the movie has that charming indie sort of feel to it. After watching the movie I felt it was more of a buddy comedy than a romantic comedy. The movie is a very laid back movie, which is displayed through the color scheme of the movie which was very soft and cool toned with many plain colors.
The acting is neither good or bad, a lot of the character's have an indifferent quality to them. The biggest problem I had with the movie was at time the background noise or music was to overpowering. It sometimes made the dialogue difficult to hear and with scenes that had music, it gave the movie a feeling of over dramatization that detracted from the movie. The movie at times has a very raw feeling to it, however that can be quickly disrupted through the editor's use of overly loud music in the dialogue.
The thing I enjoyed about this movie as a personal pleasure that since it was about film editors, it's a movie that's very relatable for those of us who are or aspire to be a part of the film industry. You get see problems that a job in a film industry and the unique challenges it presents to a person and their relationships. The state of how the film production is also a reflection of the state of each characters personal relationships. The successes of the movie are mirrored by bliss of their personal relationships when it seems like the movie is falling apart so are their relationships with their significant others.
This is a movie that also provides a view of what it is like work behind the scenes and an examination of the struggle that many filmmakers have of giving up some control of their project even though it may be in the best interest of the film. The director (the character in the movie not the director of the film) believes that his vision is being tarnished and ruined by the producer an the editors of the film. This goes to the point in which the director tries to block the film from even being made. The struggle of the filmmaking process and the clashing of ideas, it very much accurately represents the power struggle behind the making of a film. The film I think in the end sends an important message to aspiring filmmakers and those in the film industry, that is the idea of working as team and working together creatively.
Overall a relatively good film, that people who make movies will be able to relate to personally. Overdramatized through sound editing but has a very sincere and charming indie feel to it.