Saturday, June 16, 2012

'Cosmopolis' Reviews Start Rolling In

Since we're expecting a flood of reviews in the next few months, we'll try and put them all in one post to make it easier for you to keep track.

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You can also get a general idea of how the film is doing at Rotten Tomatoes.

Translation via - starts at around 2:25.

Last movie I saw this week, Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg.
The story: It's one day in the life of Eric Packer, golden boy in need of a haircut when things go off the deep end.
I loved it! Hats off to Robert Pattinson's performance, who's really good. And I wasn't a big fan before.
It has everything we like: money, sex, death, desire, power, war and goat cheese.
The film is hot and the dialogues are completely crazy. The dialogues are from Don DeLillo's novel, seeing as the movie is an adaptation of his book.
Last thing is Mathieu Amalric's acting (I'm a big fan) and Juliette Binoche who are in the movie and simply amazing.
I gave it 4 out of 5 points. It's a really great movie that I warmly recommend.

Translation and scan (Le Monde newspaper) via:

An actor is born - Télérama.

Unsettling - Studio Ciné Live

Pattinson is mind-blowing - Positif

Cronenberg chose Pattinson. A brilliant idea on both counts. - Les Inrockuptibles

Robert Pattinson reveals a depth more and more fascinating. - Première

 Studio Ciné Live (via/via)

A Cronenberg as brilliant as he is firm.

Each in their own genre, David Cronenberg and Don DeLillo are silversmiths of fantastic, unhealthy and sometimes dark atmospheres. As well as of the science of language and characters in shambles and - let's not forget - of controversy.

It's then pretty obvious that one would end up adaptating the other's work. Cosmopolis is the ghostly and hypnotic story of a day in the life of a golden boy who is about to lose his empire because of the crisis, indifferent to the world that surrounds him. He's hypochondriac and schizophrenic. His long journey across a chaotic New York, rythmed by meetings with his wife, his mistresses and his employees, will lead him to a point of no return. In a perfect balanced cinematic movement, David Cronenberg decided to adapt to the letter the extremely rich prose of Don DeLillo. He filmed with an incredible ingenuity this stifling and unsetlling closed-door.

This preconception to stay faithful to the text of the author is amazing but not without any danger. Especially in the last part of the film, where one could definitely get lost in a verbal flood that becomes complex for the viewer and for Robert Pattinson - who was perfect until then - but seems, all of the sudden, not to be able to manage anything anymore.

As always with Cronenberg, there's no in between, no second place, no way out. Cosmopolis gets appreciated at full or not at all. Take it or leave it.


  1. So the critic cops out of giving his final opinion at the end...I can't tell if he liked it or not or if he thought the ending ruined Rob's performance.

  2. Rob deserves to be recognized and should be with this movie. I read on another site that the ending of the movie was mesmerizing. His fans will support him no matter what and I personally think he is getting better and better...remember, Rob did not have any training, just natural talent.