I am running out of things to say about musical biopics. This is the third week in a row now with a new film about a 20th-century music icon—two weeks ago we had I Saw The Light about Hank Williams (which many saw but few liked), this past week we’ve had the Chet Baker story Born To Be Blue (which everyone liked but few actually saw), and opening Friday we have Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead.
This question has hounded mankind since the dawn of time. Some people dedicate their entire lives to finding the answer, either by attempting to create one or searching, simply, to find one. Something that manages to seize upon an unexamined truth of human experience and communicate this truth in a way that many of us could never hope to conceive, but immediately recognize upon witnessing it.
The film follows a couple — played by Rampling and Tom Courtenay— in the midst of planning a big 45th-anniversary party. Days before the party, however, the husband receives a letter – the body of the first great love of his life has finally been recovered. Unresolved conflicts in the marriage rear their ugly head, and who knows if there’s even a marriage to celebrate by the night of the party???
But this week we’ve got an especially exciting guest that, quite frankly, I would have figured would be too big a fish for our tiny, albeit adorable, theatre-pond: Seth, the widely-acclaimed, multi-awarded Canadian cartoonist! Ahhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhhhh!
There has been some light controversy concerning the film, with some critics claiming that the film sensationalizes the trauma of the Holocaust for the sake of entertainment, and others claiming that it simply drives home the shocking reality of this unfathomable tragedy, liberating it from the distance that the past provides us.