Wonder Boys Reviews
The inclusion of Bob Dylan makes this already great film even better. If you're not into Dylan, or at least not later Dylan, you probabky won't agree. I think it fits perfectly though, so I'm glad it's in the movie. Even though my intro to this review showed my inability to completely relate, a movie about passionate people struggling to deal with all life puts them through is something that everyone can get, even if the specifics differ from the viewers' own personal experiences.
The weary, stoner, neurotic Grady Tripp is a great character. He's someone you can love and feel for, yet he's still very ragged, and you wonder why you should continue to care, if you ever really did to begin with. Michael Douglas is fantastic as Tripp, giving one of his best performances in years. Tobey Maguire, I feel, is channeling Bud Cort's work from Harold & Maude, and it pays off. He also gives an excellent performances as the troubled and mysterious prodigy. Katie Holmes has a smaller role, but she's also pretty good. Sometimes I forget that she does have talent. Downey Jr. and McDormand also give fine performances as always.
I liked that this was a small movie, and that it has high artistic vlaue, but that it isn't too pretentious or artsy, and that it became a sleeper hit. I haven't read the source material, but it seems like something I could see myself enjoying.
There aren't a whole lot of overtly cinematic moments, with lots of abundant style and flair, but this is definitely a "film" as opposed to a "movie". This ranks, along with L.A. Confidential, as Curtis Hanson's best film, and one you would do well to see. It's charming, touching, and very entertaining.
(2000) Wonder Boys
Based on a novel written by Michael Chabon starring Michael Douglas as Professor Grady Tripp who teaches a creative writing course for students who want to become successful to write books. The professor is also a struggling writer himself and is narrating the movie. Toby MacGuire as James Leer as one of his students- a harmless but consist to have some abnormal behaviour. Katie Holmes as Hannah Green the student who happens to have a crush with her English professor and is renting one of the rooms from him. The title "Wonder Boys" is more like "Wonder Boy" without the "S" at the end since it's referring to only one student and that is the Toby McGuire character James Leer who have the potential to complete writing a book as opposed to the other students. The film also stars Robert Downey JR as the professor's publisher, and Frances McDormand as the already married wife to whom the professor got pregnant. Upon watching it the film felt like it's trying to say something but is not doing it well saying it.
2 out of 4 stars