September 8th, 2012 / 10 Comments

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Oh I am loving what James has to say here.  What wonderful praise – as I’ve said before, I just cannot get enough.  Makes me beam with happiness that people are, at last giving Rob the praise that he so truly deserves.   Have included my favourite excerpts & you can read the review in full here.

But the film really belongs to Robert Pattinson in the central and very difficult role as the, initially at least, extremely unsympathetic role as Eric, driven by a purely superficial, almost megalomaniac sense of greed.

Pattinson’s teen-vampire Twilight days are far behind him. This is a simply a brilliantly nuanced performance, his mesmeric features the epitome of poise, as Eric’s self-assurance erodes away his soul. Surely he’s in win a chance for a nominee for Best Actor in February? Sinewy, measured, calculating and colder than the Arctic Circle, it’s an achievement that Pattinson encompasses all this, while not making him any less captivating at the same time.

There’s really not much to criticize about this experience. What could have so easily been a risky, languid leaden-heavy film, just by its very nature, is, instead both a gripping visual metaphor for our time, and a master-class in artistic prowess. All the flare which is now a customary expectation from Cronenberg is present in an abundance of originality – whether it’s the low-level sterility of the cinematography, or the telling gaps in between dialogue, which often tell the audience more than the characters do.

What makes this truly exceptional however, is the unique quality its premise possesses. I can’t think of a film drama, which executes the form of setting itself almost exclusively in one location, quite so well. Roman Polanski’s brilliant Carnage managed it to acidic comic effect, but the dynamics of that firework-ensemble are entirely differently handled, compared to this, periodically put together concept, whereby different characters enter and exit the limousine in turns. I admire greatly the theatricality which that both demands, and delivers with a certain clinical flourish, somewhat reminiscent of one of my favourite plays, albeit in another time and location – Stephen Daldry’s similarly daring revival of An Inspector Calls. Both projects regardless of their medium, not only astound the eye, but also force us to conduct a moral examination of our hearts and souls, as well as our roles within the greater consciousness.

This is a supremely daring, occasionally violent alert of the senses: (towards the end, there’s a startlingly realistic bullet-through-the-hand shot), and an ending so open (or closed), it’ll play on you for weeks afterwards. Cronenberg continues an eclectic display of skill across a versatile selection of genres.

A haunting, darkly triumphant masterpiece, with a fantastic performance from Pattinson. One of year’s most original pieces of work – as well as one of the most memorably impressive.

5 stars

Thanks so much to Jules for the link 😀
  • Silvie
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    Thank you Michelle, this makes my heart swell. I’m so proud. You’ve posted this at the perfect time. I read a review about Cosmopolis in the Melb Herald Sun this morning which really annoyed me. Very shallow. I’m thinking of writing to the paper. But this Michelle is fantastic. 🙂

  • Sue
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    I really can’t wait to see this movie again ~ I’m suffering serious withdrawal! Just read the entire review ~ well worth it. Thanks Michelle & Jules.

  • Michelle
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    Me too Sue, me too. 30 days until the UK Blu-ray/DVD release. Cannot get here quick enough!!

  • Maria
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    @Silvie – they waited until the movie is no longer running to post their review?

  • Maria
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    Bookmarks James’ blog so that I can read his reviews for all films in future. Really – we are on the same page and seeing as I’ve deleted most other critics/reviewers because narrowmindedness irks me to no end – this will very nice slip into my “movie critics” bookmark.

    Thanks Jules

  • Jules
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    It’s a wonderful review isn’t it? I agree Maria, its been fantastic to come across some new reviewers who put a lot of thought into their comments. I am so glad to turn my back on those who mention nothing but Twi or sparkly whatevers or personal attacks. Enough already!!

    Thanks for posting Michelle 🙂

  • Trish
    Posted on September 08, 2012

    Thank you, Jules for finding this great review. And thanks to all who have found similar positive reviews and posted them for us to enjoy. As for the nay-sayers, I’m glad there have been more intelligent reviewers out there to counteract the narrow-minded tripe you roll out without much thought.
    This darling man deserves all the accolades he gets – he’s an inspiration.

  • Trish
    Posted on September 09, 2012

    Apologies if I’ve posted twice – my robot is playing up. Just wanted to thank Jules for finding this review and sharing with us – it’s great to read such positive affirmation for this film and Rob’s performance. Busting with pride for him!

  • Carmel
    Posted on September 09, 2012

    Does anyone else think the critics that praise Cosmoplis truly seem to be better writers? I can understand when critiquing anything to do with Delillo you would be compelled to do your best. I truly do enjoy the pieces that ‘get’ Cosmopolis, and I don’t think that entirely to do with being a fan myself

  • vicky oceanpebble
    Posted on September 09, 2012

    My very own thought dear Carmel! Thanks for pointing that out. We don’t need narrow minded people doing the reviews on our behalf. We have a critical mind of our own, evenmore, we’re not illiterates. We’re old enough, watched quite a few brilliant films and read lots of books up to now, enough in order to able to tell what’s good or not.
    Twilight and celebrity-fame should NOT be in the way of Rob’s art. He’s much, much more than that. Yet, most of the times, those who cannot do, criticize. We all know that.
    Jules, you are great girl. Thank you.

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