If ever there was a parable about how not to make a movie it was this one. The Director epitomizes - "I do not know how to make films". From the storyline to casting the wrong actors for badly written characters to what the hell were they thinking scripting, this was a never to be attempted effort.
So this how women want to be remembered - conniving, manipulative, seductress, vengeful...was there NO other story Quinn Shepard could have thought of and written as a first time director/screenwriter than about this bespoke commonplace parody of the real or actual thing? Are there no other great/nice stories to be told about females/women than these sex-infused monikers masquerading as movies? What has this film done other than aid/encourage/applaud sexual harassments, assaults, rape, 'taboo relationships'...this is what women are only good for - sex?!? This is what they do with their chance at those leadership directorial/screen player roles they so fight voraciously for - just add more vitriol to their gender problems as though being "Victims Forever" is a thing or badge of honor! The most shameful film I have ever encountered!
Alas, to be born in the time of Gerard Butler...where practically every story has been told in every possible way leaving only the pure chance of visitation by Aliens to further probabilities as we've delved into all aspects of the prehistoric, present and futuristic (any surprise ET is back with Elliot these days even as a commercial?). All that remains for Casts & Crew of a movies such as this running on Franchise fumes is to get the technical elements right and not suck! That sums up this rendition of the 'Fallen Franchise'. Little wonder that the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis have long retired! At this rate and am sure he'd agree, Butler might be next - both character & Person.
When Joker came out there was an unusual aplomb by the classless Media to identify the 'Best Joker'. If anything this movie clarifies the true meaning of Artform i.e. Only non-true Movie lovers would compare 'Jokers'. Let every Actor bring to bear his/her interpretation and all one needs ask is if that Actor has fulfilled end-to-end the narrative of his/her's interpretation which Joaquin has most definitely done with this movie. His prep and engrossment into the character shows in every scene and is commendable. We need now only ask ourselves whose interpretation we love best and look forward to the next Actor's take on the character to see if niche element others missed could be as intelligently portrayed as Phoenix has done here.