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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Catching Up on Movies - THE TOURIST

Depp and Jolie in 'THE TOURIST', going nowhere in particular.
I've got two words of advice to movie-lovers. Stay home.  Watch reruns of BURN NOTICE instead. Or your VHS/DVD of Hitchcock's IT TAKES A THIEF, or better still, NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

Like many film-goers, I was enticed by the possibilities : Jolie and Depp, Paris and Venice. And I felt cheated when none of said possibilities were even remotely realized.

But what did the critics say ?  Glad you asked.

Roger Ebert : "There’s a way to make a movie like "The Tourist," but [Writer-Director] Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck doesn’t find that way."

Manohla Dargis, NYT  : "Stargazing is the only reason bonbons like “The Tourist” are made, dreams of box office bonanzas aside. But stars need just the right setting and a director who knows how to make them shine, as Steven Soderbergh does with Mr. Pitt and George Clooney in the “Ocean’s” franchise. The director also needs to hold his own, which, from the generic look and feel of “The Tourist,” clearly wasn’t the case with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. "

Tim Robey, The Telegraph, U.K. : ...if The Tourist proves anything, it’s that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the man who directed The Lives of Others like Swiss-manufactured clockwork, can’t mount an exciting action sequence to save his life."

The problems with the film ?  Let's focus on one, point of view. Unlike IT TAKES A THIEF or NORTH BY NORTHWEST,  this film doesn't sufficiently establish which character the film is about.