I cannot get enough of these great reviews for Cosmopolis, LOVE reading them. The praise for Rob, cast, crew & the film makes me grin from ear to ear. Oh so very deserved. Greg Vellante of Eagle-Tribune had this to say:
‘Cronenberg cashes in a winner with ‘Cosmopolis’
I am inclined to use the terms “film” and “dream” interchangeably.
Moving images, whether projected on the big screen or the subconscious, are all about stories, meaning, and in the best cases, beauty.
Director David Cronenberg delivers all of this effortlessly in “Cosmopolis,” which is very much a dream and one of my favorite films of the year.
Can “Cosmopolis” be properly assessed after a single viewing? I doubt it, and suspect even a second would lead me down mental pathways I haven’t yet explored. A third time through could easily jettison these thoughts into completely different territories.
It’s a twisted delight to watch where this movie goes, and even more so to follow your thoughts during and afterward.
“Cosmopolis” is complex, clever, chaotic, and yet, contained. It’s a portrait of capitalism, greed, misogyny, violence, sex and fear that, despite a peculiar approach to storytelling, mirrors present-day America in downright terrifying ways.
A ticket to this movie should be issued along with a highlighter and a fine-tooth comb to help scan through the heaps of subtext and themes brilliantly scattered throughout.
“Cosmopolis” is Cronenberg’s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. As director, Cronenberg layers it with excitement, suspense and hilarity. He also brings to life a career-topping performance by Robert Pattinson. While the choice jarred me at first, the role seems custom-made for Pattinson, who portrays a contemplative, stone-faced 28-year-old billionaire who spends much of his time traveling around in his stretch limo in pursuit of a haircut.
While doing so, he engages in conversations with a wide variety of side characters. These conversations become vignettes of limo-car confessions and philosophical pondering. They range from creepy to hysterical, especially in a scene where Pattinson delivers a rant to a female passenger. The dialogue certainly shocks, but it’s the revelation of what’s happening off screen during this exchange that will leave you in stitches.
As the movie evolves in narrative form and dissolves into thematic madness, it pushes forward with a momentum of unpredictability that’s difficult to achieve in even the most intricate suspense thrillers. “Cosmopolis” fits so many categories and blurs genre lines, becoming something remarkably fresh with each and every scene.
And yet, above all, it’s the storytelling: Cronenberg follows up a pair of violent, pulp mortality tales (“A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises”) and last year’s cerebral “A Dangerous Method” with a return to his 90s-era weirdness. This unites “Cosmopolis” most appropriately with “eXistenZ” and“Crash.”
“Cosmopolis” is loopy and dreamlike, yet its narrative continuity never once feels sporadic. If ever there was a filmmaker who can turn ugliness into something absolutely beautiful, it’s David Cronenberg. And while bone chilling, “Cosmopolis” is downright gorgeous.
Highlighted piece, my emphasis – LOVE! Cannot ever say enough how FANTASTIC Rob is as Eric. I’ll say it every single chance that I get, preaching to the choir I know.
Thanks so much to Roberta for sending us the link.