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The first thing you will notice in the new drama breathe in from director Drake Doremua (whose name sounds like a character from Harry Potter) is that its lead Felicity Jones is very pretty. Once you get past how pretty she is, you will notice, damn can she act! She’s that rare combination of beauty and talent that is genuinely talented.
Unfortunately, the film she’s forced to hold up does its best to weight her down. She is supported by her co-star, the uber talented Mr. Guy Pearce, who also conjures a magnificent performance that is buoyed down by the so-so script. The film is kind of a rehash of American Beauty, with a 40-ish husband and father named Keith (Pearce) bogged down by a critical nag of a wife (Amy Ryan) who does her best to squash his dreams and keep him in the misery to which she is accustomed. Their teenage daughter is kind of a nightmare . . . until her foreign, British friend (Jones) shows up and reignites a passion for life and creativity in Keith which also includes an undeniable sexual chemistry. Uh oh.
If this sounds like American Beauty 2.0, it certainly doesn’t play like it. It has all the ingredients but none of the zest that the Kevin Spacey-Annette Bening classic did. The performances by Jones and Pearce are out of this world, but even they can’t rewrite the balderdash they’re given to perform. Eh.View All Photos ›