Sunday, January 18, 2009

Charly

This is a mixed bag. There is the touching movie about the relations between people which works well, there is the clunky perfunctory science drama which does not and then there is the cynical and dreary polemic which is just awful.
Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom give restrained thoughtful performances where possible but do not (or can not) retrieve the bad material. I find it unlikely that Stirling Silliphant is responsible for the worst of these offenses. There re several directorial indulgences which miss the mark but at least liven up the pace a little. A trippy montage however is just laughable, though.
Based on TV play The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon which is based on the novel Flowers for Algernon. Charming but amateurishly spotted score by Ravi Shankar.

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