The Letter (2012)
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This is a movie about nothing. A playwright "thinks" someone "may be" causing her to have a mental breakdown. Why? She is unimportant to anyone but her boyfriend, yet she is more interested in another actor she just hired. What would be the purpose? Why make this movie? The ending - where it is explained what happened (if you make it that far), is another head scratcher... again, why? Garbage despite Ryder, Franco and the lovely Waterston.
The Letter is noir drama with an amateur feel (done intentionally?) and Lynchian vibe. Many people have disliked this movie; I can see why, but I go the other way. It is partly a matter of taste, as to whether or not you like films that have in them subtexts and hidden meanings; it is also partly a matter of execution. I think the Letter works well enough on both counts (not great but quite good). On a first viewing, I was expecting something more trippy and less cerebral, so I did not get much until the reveal at the end. The second time around I picked up much more. I think if one goes into the film treating it like a mystery or detective show, where you want to be reading people and guessing about them from the get-go, then the Letter will make for a much better view. Recommended to those who have a taste for the psychological.
I'm still not entirely sure I've grasped this as deeply as I should have, but there's something about this movie that drew me in and made me want to keep watching, even though there wasn't much going on. It's definitely a movie that makes you think.
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