Thursday, March 30, 2017

Maps to the Stars (2014)

Director: David Cronenberg

Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Carrie Fisher

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor.

This is what most people would think when you look into the private lives of a celebrity family. The father making money dealing with self obsessed movie stars "helping" them with their problems. The stage mother that is about to go off the deep end. A child star that has zero respect and manners. He needs his ass whipped. There is a daughter that is locked away because of setting the house on fire. She bears the scars from the fire.

This is one of the few movies that David Cronenberg has made that did not have a creature or a type of human deformity in there somewhere. This movie he deals with the more mental and emotional faults that all of these characters have. He looks at how each one of them deals and interacts with one another. Cronenberg created a movie to capture what may really go on behind closed doors in Hollywood. All one has to do is watch some reality TV shows to how some families act, in a scripted edited way, to be able to create this script. The direction of the movie was made with a smooth course to follow the story.

The cast was awesome in this movie. Julianne Moore was awesome as she normally is in movies. You see her as this needy sad actress that is getting older and being over looked by the industry. It seems like it is happening to her in real life. John Cusack was great at playing against what most movie goers know him as the likeable interesting guy. He is just a guy that is a coach life, but his own family life is terrible and falling apart. Robert Pattinson is just the good looking opportunist only filling his needs. Mia Wasikowska was so good in her role as, well let's just say it, a nutjob. She comes off so sweet and nice, but you can just see the crazy in her eyes that is buried deep in the surface, just waiting to come out.

This is a typical screwed up movie from David Cronenberg, but there were not any monsters in it this time. Well, not real scary noticeable ones. These emotional monsters were hidden behind pretty faces. This movie was so much better than I thought it would be. I do recommend people watch it. It is well worth the time. Enjoy.

Maps to the Stars (2014) Trailer

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