“Good thing you didn’t go to the movie last night. It was sooo boring! U would have definitely fallen asleep.” That’s the text I sent to a friend who luckily escaped seeing Ginger & Rosa, which manages to make both teen angst and the Cuban Missile Crisis mind-numbingly dull.

The movie is beautifully shot and there are slow, gorgeous close-up shots of the characters and their surroundings while not much of interest occurs. The entire movie is a series of snapshots that together don’t quite make a whole and certainly not a story that is in any way gripping or intriguing. That is essentially because the characters are never developed.

Elle Fanning fares the best. That’s because her character Ginger is the only one that’s even remotely fleshed out and Fanning has an abundance of charisma and screen presence. She perfectly captures that contradictory mix of insecurity and arrogance of teens in the midst of discovering new ideas and testing their independence. If it were not for Fanning this movie would be unbearable but even she with all her talent cannot work miracles as evidenced by a couple who did walk out in the middle of the film. Continue reading »

Somewhere is excruciatingly slow and that’s coming from someone who is not a fan of frenzied, quick cuts and shaky cameras but this falls into the opposite extreme. Sofia Coppola, who does have a talent for casting and getting natural performances from actors, directs in an exceedingly languorous style and holds shots for so long that your mind wanders to the point you start composing your grocery list. I understand the point is to show how devoid of intimacy and rudderless the life of movie star, Johnny Marco played by Stephen Dorff has become. But, this is a movie and I need a story. What I get is a series of scenes, some of which I enjoy, make me laugh, and even draw me in. The problem is that they never fully take hold to become a cohesive whole. Somewhere feels like a film unfinished. Continue reading »

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