The Two Faces of January Reviews
Viggo is a great actor, no one can deny that. But Oscar Isaac. I mean there is something special about that guy. No one knows what it is. He brought charm to , this movie, Star Wars, he is the next sensation in hollywood. Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort, Ellar Coltrane yeah, but the 38 year old Oscar is the one who people are gonna read about in 2117 (100 years from now) . Oscar Isaac is gonna be the next sensation of world cinema.
The flaw in this film is in some of the decisions made behind the camera. I thought the story had enough intrigue to keep me interested, but they didn't create a good mystery, when they easily could have. In other words, I didn't know what was going to happen next, but because of the presentation I knew everything that happened before. There were scenes that should have been removed which would have left the story intact but given the audience more to think about. For instance (and this isn't a spoiler because it happens pretty early in the film) the husband kills a private detective who was looking for him, and then the tour guide happens upon him trying to take care of the body. If we were not shown the scene of the murder we would be left in the dark and allowed to puzzle through what happened up until we saw that scene. There are other subtle things that I thought could have been cleaned up in the way the story was presented, but it would sound like nitpicking. All it amounted to was enough minor flaws to keep The Two Faces of January from being something special. It is a decent film, and I am glad I saw it. I think others will get some enjoyment out of it if they watch it, but I don't know how highly I would recommend it.
It's certainly not badly made, but it felt like there should have been a twist or something at the end, and there just wasn't. I didn't even really get why Chester helped at the end. What was in it for him at that point?