By: Oberst von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
Ewan McGregor plays a writer who, while successful and talented in the art of rewriting and editing the works of famous people, struggles to find his muse in his own work. One day, he is asked to ghost write the memoirs for the recently retired Prime Minister of Great Britain, now living in a seaside village in the United States, only to find himself embroiled in scandals and conspiracy. What is most unique about this film is that the star is a writer being driven to the brink by adversity… nope, never seen that before.
The main issue with the film is its predictability. (Spoilers to be had here) While initially the plot throws some loops that make it difficult to tell what is coming, (Tom Wilkinson’s scene is quite the MacGuffin) but it is blatantly obvious that the ex-Prime Minister’s wife isn’t all she seems. It is unfortunate, because so much fantastic work was done in building up to the reveal that you are left disappointed to have guessed it all along. If you were expecting the film to keep you guessing up until the end,
Forget it Jake, its Chinatown
Still, all the performances are strong, the cinematography is excellent, and the dialog is as tense and exciting as the action sequences of most movies. Familiarity aside, this is an excellent entry into Roman Polanski’s resume. Drink a toast to solid craftsmanship, but I’ll give this one a technical 2 beers for its relative familiarity.
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Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: for every plot twist
Take a Drink: any time someone is killed