Paul Thomas Anderson is a real odd-ball. With films like Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love, what do you expect? But then he has also made a film that's half understandable - There will be Blood! Can't say I am too much of a fan of his work, but I was certainly intrigued when I saw it's trailer. Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams is too delicious a cast to ignore. And they do not disappoint. Even though Anderson is extremely indulgent in his storytelling, he brings out the best in all the leads. There are a few scenes in the film, that are astoundingly good. Watch Hoffman grill Phoenix in a one-on-one session and you will be amazed by how much it impacts you. Phoenix embodies the sex starved maniacal character and is truly outstanding. What really works for the film is it's phenomenal background score. But overall, this odd ball film, simply tests your patience as you pray it go somewhere. In the end, it reaches somewhere I couldn't quiet understand. Sorry.
Watch it just for the splendid act by Joaquin. Amazing.
Frankly, this was the ONE movie, I was waiting for this weekend. Why? Well, simply because it had my fav. Jim Carrey in it. And he surely pulled off the greatest disappearing act in this film about magic!
With Jim Carrey taking up so much real estate on the poster, you expect him to be in atleast 40% of the film. Even though it's actually a Steve Carell film. But unfortunately, for me, Jim was like in just 4 or 5 scenes. All he had to do was play this irritating street magician and keep disappearing after 2 minutes. Otherwise, it was just Steve Carell raping your senses with his Litte Boy of Wonder- to Pompous,fallen Magician - to picking up the pieces act. The biggest problem with this goofball comedy is that, it isn't even funny! Steve tries too hard to squeeze out the laughs, but all he manages is a couple of titters! I was like, forcing myself to laugh, just because I paid 450 bucks for the RED LOUNGE seats!
So don't get Carrey'd away guys. This is no Jim Carrey film. This is a Steve Carell disaster where he fails to cast his spell on anyone. Seriously, there's nothing incredible about this crap.
p.s: I am seriously afraid now. Is this the end of JIM? Why did he do such a film? Isnt he getting any other offers? Damn! This is really sad.