The first thing to say is that the cinematography is breathtaking—courtesy of Steven Fieberg—and the music from Dan Wool is great as well, but the film, in spite of some great moments, lacks a certain emphasis to keep it going and it falls flat. The acting was basically middle-of-the-road (no pun intended) stuff. I found Ed Pansullo’s rendition of Ed Fletcher a little flat and stiff. He does, however, succeed in making the former “child actor” unlikable but, at the same time, unbelievable. Sy Richardson, on the other hand, is perfect for the cold, misunderstood screenwriter and takes charge of each scene he is in.
Being an Alan Cox fan, this was somewhat of a letdown. I expected a more biting work, particularly in these times. The film seemed “incomplete” compared to what he has done in the past. However, some fans loved it due to the fact that it had been a long time since Cox had done a theatrical film. His usual trademark films are always imaginative satires. The disappearance of his token techniques maybe due to the fact that Cox’s last few directorial productions were made for television. Hopefully his next work will be put him back in the…“saddle” again.
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Weak: 1 Star Average: 2 Stars Good: 3 Stars Very Good: 4 Stars Excellent: 5 Stars