Mystery Fest: Vanilla Sky
Plot: A rich playboy gets involved in a love triangle and has an accident that messes his face all up. Maybe.
This is either a work of incredible genius or the work of a charlatan. I hadn't seen this movie, probably because of Tom Cruise's douche bag face on the poster there. You have to hand it to the guy though. Cruise spends a lot of time doing his action hero thing, but he also involves himself in a lot of more complex projects and roles. His acting in this is all over the place. There are times when he's great, but there are other times when he's overacting. A scene in a club bathroom ("Dude, fix your fucking face.") made me laugh, and that was before he started meowing. And the "What. . .the. . .fuck. . . is happening?" love scene? My thoughts exactly, Tom, and your acting is silly. There were times in this where he reminded me of Tommy Wiseau, and although Tommy Wiseau is one of my favorite people on earth, I'm not trying to be complimentary there. I also find Penelope Cruz annoying ("I'll tell you in another life when we are both cats.") and Cameron Diaz only slightly less annoying. And I don't like Jason Lee at all. However, this isn't a movie that's all about the performances. It's more about the ideas, and Cameron Crowe, playing with this "remix" idea instead of doing a straight remake of Abre Los Ojos (which I haven't seen), has tons of those. He might even have too many of those, like a puzzle that has twice the amount of pieces it's supposed to. As I watched this, I thought there might be too much music as well, but they all seemed to contribute to the puzzle and Crowe's a musical guy. I think I was just jealous that I can't have a hologram John Coltrane at my birthday party. As a big Dylan fan, I did catch the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan cover reconstruction, one of the first clues for me that there was something happening here that Mr. Jones just don't understand. Mr. Jones might claim to understand, but like a lot of great movies, things are open to interpretation. This is definitely one of those movies where everybody's going to bring in their own experiences. This is a movie I'd like to see again, but I think I want to see Abre Los Ojos first. Hopefully, it doesn't have a douche bag in a creepy mask.
I really feel that I half-assed this write-up, but I don't think anybody's reading anyway. I haven't had one guess on the "mystery fest" competition yet. Either nobody cares about winning a pair of Zubaz?