While the most recent adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is no doubt pretty, director Sophie Barthes’ take on the classic Flaubert novel doesn’t quite feel like anything more than a bookish period piece. The dialogue is too flowery, the performances are mixed at best, and the film appears to be addicted to swooning over its delicate piano soundtrack.
Bill Pohlad, known for producing such powerful films as 12 Years a Slave, Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain, will have a director credit on a film slated to cap off this year’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
“John Dies at the End” is hard to follow, and to enjoy.
If games can be considered toys, then the Machiavellian machinations at the heart of the new political thriller The Ides of March are like holding a primary election at Children’s Palace. And the results are not particularly less juvenile than the father-son quality time at the heart of the mostly moronic Real Steel.
Director Thomas McCarthy, whose new film Win-Win is currently playing at Uptown Theater, isn’t from Minnesota, but spent some of his formative collegiate time here in the Twin Cities.
It isn’t uncommon for a novel to hold the seed of a great movie – no doubt you’ve already thought of an example. Unfortunately, it also isn’t uncommon for a novel to morph into an awkward, bloated or lackluster movie.