Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tetro - DVD Review


Starring Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Carmen Maura.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

I was completely on board with this movie for about half an hour, and there's still a lot to admire here. Francis Ford Coppola is experimenting here and he had a lot of nice touches, like an old master reacquainting himself with his inner auteur. But it all comes back to story and character, and Vincent Gallo is such an unpleasant, self-absorbed artist that I didn't really want to go on the ride with him.

Alden Ehrenreich, who has all the charm of an 18-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, is younger brother Bennie, who's finally tracked down his older sibling Angelo to a villa in Argentina. Angelo has abandoned his family and insists to be only known as Tetro. Bennie's parents died when he was young, so all he has to go off of are the stories that Tetro is working on, and he secretly finds them and reads them.

What's good about this movie is the cinematography, the score, the angles that Coppola chooses. I also really liked the present shot in inky black while the flashbacks are shot in color, but an off-color like we're watching home movies. Which we essentially are.

The film sags in the middle and is too long at over two hours, but it's much better than Youth Without Youth, and Coppola shows he may be back on track to eventually recapture his 1970's glory.

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