Maps to the Stars (2015)
Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams
Directed By: David Cronenberg
Written By: Bruce Wagner
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 51 min
Maps to the Stars is a Google Earth view of Hollywood. Starting with a full view of our planet making its way through the solar system, and then rapidly zooming in, repeatedly buffering over a slow internet connection, to eventually focus on a depraved group of film industry clichés, and a twisted family secret.
It’s a slow burner. Steadily setting up connections between its skillfully played lead characters, and exposing their short comings. Poking fun at the people behind the glamorous facade that derive self-worth from a birth date, the ‘people’ they know, and the big names they can drop.
This is a story about the Universe setting things right. A smartly written and directed satire about beautifully ugly people not made of star-stuff. Seeking refuge behind the camera’s lens, or when need be, a pill bottle. Forced to face reality when one of their rejects returns to shake up the f’d up status quo, and restore balance to the Cosmos.
Okay, enough of my overly poetic BS! Maps to the Stars is slow, but give it a chance because the payoff is worth the wait. It’s twisted and weird in that great Cronenberg tradition. Not in an eXistenZ or Naked Lunch kind of way, nor is it played straight and subtle like A History if Violence. This movie is rated R for nudity, language, violence and sexual content.
Decently shot, but not a big screen adventure. This film will be serviced perfectly in HD on your TV, laptop or tablet.
Watching ‘Hollywood star’ Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) constipated on the toilet, passing wind! So glamorous!