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The Two Faces of January

From Patricia Highsmith the author of The Talented Mr Ripley comes The Two Faces of January. But will this make as much of an impact?

Set in 1962, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) works as a tour guide in Athens where he meets an American couple Chester  and Colette McFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst). But the McFarland’s have a secret which catches up to them in Greece, and Rydal ends up helping them evade the police while falling for the beautiful Colette.

The main feeling I got while watching this film is that it’s not suited to the big screen. If I was watching it on a lazy Sunday afternoon on my tv I’d probably be more forgiving of its flaws. But while it rambles along well enough to start with it fails to provide any worthy twists or turns to really capture an audience’s attention.

Mortensen is the big draw here as the manipulative Chester. His desperate attempts to avoid capture are great to watch. Less so is Dunst as Colette, mainly due to the fact her role is underwritten. Her character is just there for the two male leads to argue over and she doesn’t have any chemistry with either of them. Isaac is fine as the slimy Rydal. Although he is not particularly likeable or sympathetic he is interesting to watch. A man of scrupulous morals that fleeces tourists for a living but is out of his depth when dealing with Chester.

The scenery is beautiful, the film is a great advert for the Greek Tourist Board. The story goes along nicely enough but it lacks any real menace to leave you on the edge of your seat. It’s ok for an afternoon thriller but your money is better spent elsewhere.

Rating 2.5/5 – Middle of the road thriller that unfortunately fails to thrill like it should

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Bachelorette

Bachelorette is an American black comedy film. Three twenty-something friends  Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher) and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) are together for their school friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding. Seething with resentment and jealousy the girls accidentally ruin Becky’s dress. Now they only have one night to fix the dress and turn up in time for Becky’s wedding.

The film is trying to cash in on the success of Bridesmaids. In theory there are some good ideas and characters here but the execution mostly falls flat. Unlike Bridesmaids the characters are not  likeable or funny enough to really root for.The main problem is the film is just not laugh our loud funny. There are parts that make you smile to yourself but not howling with laughter.

The actresses try their best in the roles. Dunst looks like she’s having a ball playing someone as bitchy and insecure as Regan, Fisher has the funniest moments as drugged up and ditzy Katie, while Caplan does show moments of vulnerability behind her character’s bitter and hard exterior. We see hints of what has made them the damaged individuals they are today but it feels wrapped up too quickly by the end and never explored fully enough. Also I can’t forgive a film which casts Rebel Wilson and then sidelines her as extensively as this. However the scenes she is in shows a soft, vulnerable side to her that we haven’t seen much of in her previous films.

The men is this film are also not that interesting. James Marsden looks like he’s having fun as the obnoxious Trevor but he really is a one note character. Kyle Borheimer is the most likeable of the guys as small time dealer Joe who has strong, protective feelings of Katie. The film is also unsure over whether Gena’s ex boyfriend Clyde is a nice guy who just made some bad choices in the past or a real douche that Gena should just forget about.

Bachelorette is not a terrible film, and does have its funny moments, mostly due to the talented cast it somehow assembled but its perhaps one that would be funnier on DVD rather than the cinema.

Rating 2/5-harmless enough but the cast deserve better than this

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