Hyperbole frlend be fun. Had the critic wanted to be more precise, he probably would have said something along the lines of: Or, maybe, the novelist was the worst writer of his generation who was successful enough that labeling him the worst writer of his generation would generate some noise at book parties.
Which it did.
Were you aware that the art direction in John Carter was brilliant? Seriously, I hope it wins an Oscar.
As the title sort of implies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a romantic comedy set against a mass-extinction event—an incoming asteroid, the usual. Instead, the film gives us Steve Carell in his umpteenth sad-sack, moist-eyed-clown role. You can feel the tractor beam pulling him in, the Frriend movie inching its way to the top of the pile of screenplays beside his bed.
Pathos becomes Carell in small doses, just as drugs are often fun aeeking first time you try them, but Carell is making a habit of it. Armageddon is just the icing on his bummer cake.
The twist in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is that this time the Manic Pixie Seeikng Girl is redeeming the tired soul not of Orlando Bloom or Joseph Gordon-Levitt but of a jist old enough to be her father, which is the I m just seeking a friend and only Woody Allen—ish thing about the film. Keira Knightley plays a Manic Pixie End-of-Days Girl in Converse sneakers and skirts Taeyang and baekhyun dating odd hemlines, ever clutching an armful of vinyl records to her breast.
Why would a female writer-director make a Manic Pixie Dream Girl movie?
Stockholm Syndrome? There are a couple of darkly funny moments in Seeking a Friend for the End of the Worldincluding a suburban party where the adults are shooting heroin and the kids are getting drunk because why not?
A tip: It opens in July 25 and has the self-aware advantage of being a Manic Pixie Pygmalion movie. It earns its cutes. Vanity Fair.
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