Art School Confidential (2006)

Reid, 13. December 2007, 13:19

Dir. Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Max Minghella, John Malcovich, etc.

Objectively, I’d give it a 4, while my own enjoyment of the film is probably around a 5. I kept feeling that I should have laughed at more of the scenes, but I just didn’t. I think the problem stemmed from the dialogue and direction–either the way Zwigoff cut between characters and/or the takes he decided to use. The other thing was Joel Moore’s performance as the smark-aleck buddy. He just didn’t deliver the witty perceptions (e.g. when he describes the various types of art students) effectively. Someone like Jason Lee would have been good in that role (although Lee probably would have been too old). The humor was just flat, not bad, but just lacking something.

I was also disappointed in the use of John Malkovich. He played the character, too straight and normal; he didn’t have the kooky quality that when you combine with his earnest translates to hilarity (at least for me).

The end was a bit cynical, too, although at that point, I didn’t really care that much.

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