Sat, Apr 21, 2007

: Running with Scissors

This is one of those films that’s a puzzle: it’s a fantastic cast with great performances, a wild and unusual story, and wonderful visuals — yet it falls flat. Why? The problem is that the awkward topic — crazy people — while interesting, does not promote cohesiveness or consistency, and while there’s humor, the topic is depressing and grim. In the book this works because the humor comes from how things are presented. That is much more difficult to do in film and the humor’s lost, making for a depressing movie about bewildering crazy people. Thus it ends up a series of scenes instead of a movie. It’s not terrible, but it’s not successful either. Stick with the book.

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