Didn’t know a whole lot about this, and I assume it really wasn’t in many people’s radar this month. I haven’t really seen much of Mark Pellington’s work outside of The Mothman Prophecies (which I liked quite a bit). Main reason for wanting to check this film out was the fact that the film employs a really talented cast. I’m always a fan of Jon Hamm getting more roles in film as he is a great actor. This film was tedious, slow, and a failed attempt at an interesting idea.
This film links a few stories and characters together through a common thread of loss, love, and memories from objects. We start off by seeing an insurance agent and eventually his story links with another character who in turn links with a different one for segments of different stories. I like the idea quite a bit and I’ve seen this type of storytelling work in the past, but this film can’t utilize this method with success. Its a dull affair.
The cast is great as expected, especially Catherine Keener in a nice standout role. The characters don’t carry any weight and its easy to lose track of one’s story as its just boring and bland. You sit there thinking that nothing even goes on. This is okay if there’s some sort of style or intriguing dialogue that adds to the story, but none of that happens here. Near the end I was just hoping for it to end.
There may be few who will find this film to be a moving experience but for me its a film that tries to hard to be spiritual and emotional while never leaving first gear. I see what is being attempted but the film has no weight to its characters or their turmoils. Not in any rush to see anything else from Mark Pellington unfortunately.