There is Laurie, the girl next door, trying to become fabulous. There is Clara, the media social star living just for the "likes". And there is Elizabeth, rising up against everything. The ... See full summary »
This last letter suggests he was full of hope...
Which is why I am sure you will understand that, for obvious reasons, that is the version that I chose to believe.
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Dolan's movie creaks and groans and ultimately fizzles under the weight of it's own enormous ambition. And, to be fair, it's beautifully directed. Dolan has great visual stye, invests scenes with great energy and emotion, and gets wonderful performances from a very impressive cast. You can see why Sarandon and Bates and Portman would have placed their faith in him. Unfortunately, the script is too slight to withstand the epic treatment it's given, and the movie runs out of steam before even the halfway mark. It's at least 20 minutes, probably 30 minutes too long. But even a good hard edit wouldn't have saved it. Dolan is certainly a director to watch, but he's going to need better material than this.
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