Writer: Lee Daniels
Starring: Zac Efron
Release Date: 15/03/2013
I am a huge fan of Lee Daniels work, with Precious being one of my all time favourite films, so when I started to hear more and more about this film (and all the controversy surrounding it) I felt absolute excitement over the prospect. With a terrific cast, a dark and intriguing storyline, and what looked like a genuinely engrossing film, I could not have been happier; however the finished product left me rather bored and wanting more, and not even in a good way.
|Matthew McConaughey & Zac Efron|
She was Jack's first love and sadly for him, they manage to free Wetter and he and Charlotte move away together. Just as he thinks he has lost her, she notifies Jack that things aren't quite happily ever after for her; and when he and his brother Ward go to save her, things take a fatal turn for the worse.
It truly is a gripping and engaging tale of love, innocence being lost, growing up, murder and deception and there are some real moments of gold in amongst the mismatched casting. Efron and Kidman failed to conjure any spark or electricity together, which meant the whole forbidden love plot point is completely lost and actually quite awkward to watch. John Cusack is terrific as the murderous and twisted Hillary Van Wetter, bringing a real unhinged and dark quality to the proceedings.
It is, however McConaughey that truly lets the film down; his complete lack of talent, ability to add layers to a character r screen presence really do all they can to destroy his scenes, and it is this reason why one of my favourite director's films has only received a 3 star rating, something I didn't want to do.