Flashbacks Of A Fool
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Daniel Craig delivers a startling performance as Joe Scott, a washed-up Hollywood star adrift in a haze of sex, drugs and squandered fame. But when he receives news of the sudden death of his childhood best friend, Joe flashes back to his younger self (played by Harry Eden of Oliver Twist) in his small English seaside village and the summer of innocence and tragedy that would change his life forever. Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense), Claire Forlani (CSI:NY) and Eve co-star in this powerful drama about love, loss and one man s journey to redemption, executive produced by Daniel Craig and featuring songs by Scott Walker, David Bowie and Roxy Music.
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We see Daniel Craig's character at the messy end of his Hollywood career find out his childhood best friend is dead, catapulting him and us into recollections of a summer in what must be 1973 if I remember the music scene right. I was there when Jean Genie was charting and can state that If There Is Something wasn't actually contemporary with it but from a couple of years before Alladin Sane; for a contemporary RM and Bowie track you need Ziggy, because Virginia Plain charted at the same time Starman did. Ah, youth.
The young DC is a monumentally good acting job and worth the cost to see, along with the famous "When You Were Young" lipsynch in which the reasons why the 70s were *not* horrible are obvious.
But the stories only link in the grossest sense. We don't get to see the most interesting part of DC's past (although we do get to see the most formative experience of it) and I'm afraid the ending is weak and unbelievable.
I wanted to four star the movie, but I feel so strongly that the real story lay in the part in between the flashback and the events in the first scene that I can't when I consider the rather obvious and clumsy ending.
Also, the opening credits are accompanied by the most awful song, a heavy-handed "life lesson" thing from the same family as "Cat's in the Cradle" (only not as solid) that made me fast forward after sticking out the first minute. Truly epic levels of bad. Then it is replayed a few minutes into the movie. Argh!
Worth seeing, but not rewatching I think. It might have been more gripping as a mini series, where the time to develop the various stories of the 70s characters could have been taken.
All in my opinion of course.
Craig plays a successful Hollywood star on the scids (too much BOOZE, DRUGS, and BIMBOS). He is contacted by family telling him of the death of a childhood friend. He returns to his mothers home in England, after being gone for twenty five years, for the funeral. This starts the FLASHBACKS.
His youth is relived through about age fifteen, when he runs away after a neighborhood tragedy. This part (the flashback) is most of the movie. DANIEL CRAIG is in very little of the movie--just the beginning and the end (after returning from the funeral).
Craig is great while he's on. He has a powerful presence. Without him, the movie is just a soap opera.
The soundtrack for this movie is weird. The song that opens the movie is TERRIBLE and the final song (at end of credits) is even worse. It's some gangsta rap (vile language) that is completely out of place. VERY STRANGE.
There are some sex scenes and drug use. Craig (among others) is naked and you get to see his BUTT.
I CAN NOT RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE. The POSITIVE REVIEWS PUZZLE ME.