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Courtney Love does much to glamorise a pretty much unknown beat legend character, and provides a languorous air as she floats between scenes as the estranged Mrs Burroughs.
However, for me, the story veers too much from the truth to order to create a mainstream product. This is a pity when you are dealing with real lives and real literary history.
The disintegrating, complex relationship between the married couple would have sufficed for an interesting enough story for a Beat fan, but may not have provided much 'spice' for the public.
In this version of events, Joan's use of benzedrine (speed) is played down and her rampant addiction and resulting degeneration is never explored, this could be because of the intended general american audience.
I'm not too sure of the whole Lucien affair thing either...
At the closing credits, you're left with a feeling that perhaps Joan Vollmer may have emerged alongide the greats of the beat movement had she not been killed.
In fact, she may not have lasted much longer on her own as alcoholism, the effects of her addiction, drinking and a long-standing illness began to overtake her.(...) pretty much covers it.
One final note for Burroughs fans looking to buy - all the actors do a great job of each character, Keifer Sutherland puts some effort in with the mannerisms and delivery (+ a spot-on wardrobe) in the crucial role.
I'd reccommend this if you're interested in the subject, or would like to see more of the phenomenal Norman Reedus. I've yet to see him perform poorly in any movie, regardless of the audience or the budget of the film.
I was going to write that the cast wasn't given much to do but late in the film Sutherland wrings some emotion out of Burroughs who was a stoic, taciturn person, but Sutherland brings some real heartfelt emotion to Burroughs. Sutherland is a much finer actor with a greater range than his "24" character Jack Bauer would betray and it is somewhat a pity that Sutherland isn't picking more diverse roles such as "Beat." It would really demonstrate his range as an actor.
The one real problem is that Kiefer Sutherland and Courtney Love look to healthy to be Joan and William Burroughs. As mentioned in the film Burroughs moved to Mexico to have an unfettered supply of drugs where he could just go down to the drugstore and get some morphine, Sutherland doesn't look like a person mainlining morphine. Joan prior to moving to Mexico was so strung out on Benzedrine that in the middle of the night she was scrapping lizards off the trees in their front yard, neither look lost in the drug the movie describes or that the real people were at at this point in their lives.Read more ›
If your looking for the typical "movie" with gratuitous sex and/or car chases, Beat is not for you. If you like artistic, real-life films, this is a must see!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Something to watch. Wish there was a little more back story to the characters.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not usually a fan of Courtney, but this film was well-executed, and I found myself enjoying her performance. In fact, all the actors' performances were spot-on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The writing and acting is subpar. At times is painful to watch. Completely unbelievable.Published 4 months ago by sharon
Surprisingly deep movie. It moves slow and its quite strange in it's style, but at the end, it blew me away.Published 5 months ago by Krystal Clifton
A few weeks ago I watched a film made in the year 2000 called BEAT, regarding some of the major figures of the "Beat" writers group. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher S. Soden
I will pretty much watch anything with Norman Reedus, but this movie but kind of terrible.Published 11 months ago by Danielle Himes-Herrera