Monday, December 31, 2007
Went to see the not-entertaining Todd Haynes movie "I'm Not There," for which Cate Blanchett is nominated for a Golden Globe.
Over the course of the the movie several actors, including Blanchett, play a Bob Dylan inspired character, each of whom has a different name but all of whom speak in that Mr. Mumbles style of his.
Talk about a movie director's vanity piece. By substituting different actors playing the same character -- Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, for instance -- the audience never is allowed inside the story. Instead one is left to focus on how the storyteller -- the director -- is choosing to tell his story.
And while Blanchett makes for an interesting Bob Dylan, her performance was no better than Heath Ledger's (though it was far superior to Christian Bale's turn as Dylan).