Monday, February 6, 2017

The Broken Tower (2011)

Director: James Franco

Stars: James Franco, Michael Shannon, Stacey Miller, Dave Franco

Hart Crane leaves home at 17 and becomes a renowned poet in New York City, but he drinks to excess, conceals his sexuality and becomes increasingly self-destructive toward the end of his short life. Hart Crane who committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

Where in the world do I start on this movie? I get and understand the story, so it was not that at all. It was a biopic on poet Hart Crane. The problem that I found with the movie was the story itself. It was not interesting in the movie. Now, the story itself maybe really interesting, but for this movie it was just kind of there, you know. This was the main problem in the movie in my opinion.

The look and the production of the movie was great. There are some great shots in this movie. The whole movie was shot in B&W, and the movie was set in the 1930's. Both of these elements of the movie set the time and the tone for the movie, which made the movie look better and kept you in a time period. The movie was just trying to be way too avant-garde. It was trying to be like the indie movies of the 1990's, but it was too late for this. Artie movies just do not work for today's audiences at all. I really like movies like this, but it just was not enough for me.

Casting was the next bad part of the movie. James Franco needs to stop. He did a decent job of directing this movie. The problem is that he is not a very good actor. He is a decent actor. I just do not get why he is all over the place. His brother Dave is in the beginning of the movie. Dave is a better actor, and he is better looking than James. Both of the brothers are still only average actors.

This is not a movie to waste your time on at all. It is not even worth watching once. If this movie was made in the 1990's, then this movie would have been embraced more than it is today. It still would not have been that good, unless it was made by someone else. I watched it, you don't have to.

The Broken Tower (2011) Trailer

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