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posted Sep 14, 2012 - 4:53:03pm
There’s an inherent risk that comes with making movies about writers, especially purportedly great writers. More often than not, these films prove to be too ambitious for their own good and spend more time trying to convince the audience of the writer's Earth-shattering brilliance than attempting to tell a story.
The Words is a prime example of this sort of failure. Not only does it seem to think it’s a much more intelligent work than it really is, but also it grasps at attempted insight while only managing to regurgitate tired universal truths hidden in an absurdly complex (and mind-numbingly boring) story.
The film is about a writer telling the story of a writer who steals another man’s novel. Bradley Cooper plays an aspiring writer who happens upon a briefcase with an unpublished manuscript hidden inside. Desperate to prove his worth to the world, he plagiarizes it and becomes the toast of the New York literary scene. That’s when the original writer, a curmudgeonly old man (played by curmudgeonly actor extraordinaire Jeremy Irons), confronts him. Wait for the twist, though: The whole thing turns out to be a story written by Dennis Quaid, who is reading excerpts from his newest novel at its premier.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
Despite gallant efforts by everyone involved, The Words comes off as a juvenile attempt at greatness, an attempt at a great American novel that seems more on par with the trash sold in airport kiosks. And on top of that, it’s just so incredibly boring that it’s hard to take it seriously at all. It’s a small-minded film that is uninspired and, more importantly, uninspiring. Its only saving grace is the incredible cast it gathered. Needless to say, your time would be better spent at home catching up on a good book.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 2 stars, 1 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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