Monthly Archives: July 2014

Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright

I give this film a high recommendation.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February at age 46. This is his last completed film. He appears in a “truncated’ supporting role in Mockinjay to be released in the fall.  His best were The Big Lebowski, Capote, Master, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War….

“Wanted” is an enjoyable and suspenseful film. Hoffman’s performance was excellent, though  a bit of a “cut out” role, as so many of his have been. It’s as if his characters usually need to “get a life.”  And really, it looked as though he was afraid his face would break if he changed his expression even once during the entire film.*

English author John Le Carre’ (leh care ay) now 82, first novel was The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, while he was working for British spy agency MI6. He resigned to become a full time novelist. Most recent novel was the 2013 “A Delicate Truth”; most recent film adaptation: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” with Gary Oldman , inspired by the Kim Philby affair.

Anton Corbijn’s (COR-bane) most recent prior film was “The American” with George Clooney.

A more comprehensive review can be found here. 

*might be an exaggeration; you tell me.

 

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