Brittany Runs a Marathon
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This movie should be called, "All About Marion Dougherty" or "Blowing Sunshine Up Marion Dougherty's Ass". How many times can they say, "Marion Dougherty" in 60 seconds? If this was a documentary about the industry of casting directors in general, I might be sold, but I can't sit up and listen to praise of one person for an hour plus.?
This movie is squarely aimed at college-aged, white *American* men, not Europeans or others. That says it all... really, it does.
There are lots of lingering scenes with Jake making serious expressions in a darkly-lit room. After 20 minutes of that, it's almost a parody of itself. In truth, it's simply the director's effort to stretch the movie to 1:30:50. Movies less than 1:30:00 aren't usually taken seriously.
I'm all for setting the stage & I don't need action or fireworks to be engaged. I do, however, need a movie to make me care to see it within the first 15 minutes, to engage me. Using 3 instances of (mostly) gratuitous sex doesn't quite do it either.
The movie is mostly useless suspense. People wouldn't instantly respond to the situation they way they do in the film. So, it requires far more than suspension of disbelief.
You won't see the ending coming but, unfortunately, by the time you get there, you won't much care or even bother to understand. The director & writer tried too hard. Jake gave it all he has. ...but no.
We all know sex sells, but only the talentless have to be so blatant about it. The movie seems desperate. Very elementary. No, it's not 'artsy' or 'edgy'. or 'provocative'. We get it... sex. Von Trier is like a kid who just discovered sex. Sorry, 'sexual liberation' and body parts aren't provocative any more. Still mildly entertaining for underlying dark humor and character development.
Verbally engaging from the jump. Well-acted as well. My two gripes are that the lead-up was over extended. We get it. She's come undone. After 55 mins, I found myself thinking, "Okay, and so...?" Also, Jasmine's character is a bit extreme to be the same throughout the entire hour and a half. Woody needed to make her a bit more dimensional, and not *always* pathetic. Constant pathetic-ness gets to be a bit much. He should've let her rise above it or at least try on another emotion a bit more often than he did. The scene in the BMW was classic Woody. Two affluent people arguing back & forth. Same ol'. Overall, Jasmine is entertaining, but a bit too one-tracked and perhaps stretched out longer than need be.