Maps to the Stars
‘I can’t believe that I just spent eighteen thousand dollars!’
David Cronenberg presents a different side to Hollywood, where on the one side- there is a family who are haunted by their past, for instance Havana (Julianne Moore) is shadowed by her dead mother who was also an actress, Benji (Evan Bird) a child star in rehab while his mother cares for his career, the self help book writer father (John Cusack), but there is also the charecters chasing for a part; the mysteriously deformed Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) and the limousine driver Jerome (Robert Pattinson).
I suppose that it was a clever idea to do a film where they do not glamorize Hollywood. How ‘glamorous’ is Hollywood when there are drugs and people killing each other every five minutes? Evan Bird showed some promise if he ever decides to do some more acting in the future while Julianne Moore is a good actress as she communicates her character with full emotion and for nearly all of the film, she looked so deranged that she could probably snap in half any minute. Robert Pattinson has never really taken on such a film before and Mia Wasikowska was also very good as the long glove wearing scarred assistant.
However, I did not care for the plot, most of the characters or any of their problems. Although I like some of Pattinson’s work, Robert Pattinson mostly hung around, looking uncomfortable or smirking or driving a limo and he was in nowhere near enough of the film, although it was good to see him in something where he wasn’t a mumbling vampire, and he is the only person out of the entire story who does not end up killing anyone or going mental. It was an all star cast, but having mostly A-listers in your cast does not mean that it is a good movie. Most of it was also very uncomfortable to watch, the killing got a bit too much and Cronenberg challenges people into the limit of being scared, particularly when all the characters go mad.
I suppose that you would go mad if you were like that but but I don’t really like Cronenberg movies and this one is no exception, despite the all star cast.