Sunday, January 27, 2013
Thoughts on 5 Films
4. The Paperboy - I am so undecided about this movie. I don't want to like it, but I honestly can't think of any reason not to. The cast was amazing - I've never seen Nicole Kidman this sleazy before and honestly, she killed it. I'm actually surprised this performance didn't get more attention. Matthew McConaughey was also superb. And John Cusack - probably the best performance he's ever done. This was a nice transitional role for Zac Efron, career-wise; he wasn't as amazing as the rest of the cast, but he is definitely getting stronger. The plot is interesting from beginning to end, without being predictable (and yet, it wasn't surprising, either). It was dark, complicated, trashy, offensive and shocking. *spoilery* I heard about the "controversial" scene with Kidman's character urinating on Zac Efron's character, but the controversy is extremely misleading - it was not sexual, at all. She pisses on him to help with a jellyfish sting (if it happened on Friends, it ain't controversial). Yet, there were plenty of gasp-worthy scenes in the film - like the scene where Kidman gives a prison inmate (Cusack) a blow job via mental telepathy. Seriously, that actually happened. I appreciate a good "shock value" scene, when it is done this well. I can't think of anything that I didn't like about the movie (except Macy Gray's voice), but I can't come to terms with liking the movie.