Thursday, July 23, 2009

Keira's Dull 'Edge'

(DVD Review)


Starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys.
Directed by John Maybury.

This is like the anti-Atonement. It's a British film, a love story set with a World War II backdrop, starring Keira Knightley, but with vacuous characters that bounce around and sing while the air raid sirens blare. This movie is nostalgic for the good-old-days of careless, free-spirited bohemia. During war. And it's a true story, about the two women who loved poet Dylan Thomas, but he's a secondary character really.

The movie never builds to anything. It flashes artistic flourishes as though there was a narrative goal at one point. I've seen a hundred indie movies with this "plot" only with a fraction of the budget and set in a modern-day New York apartment by some mumbling twentysomethings who may or may not be employed.

Dull dull dull dull.

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