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This Must Be the Place

06 Sep

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Upon learning how a Nazi officer tortured his estranged father in WWII, a retired rock star travels to America, where the war criminal now resides. (Netflix)

This is a weird little movie. The first 20-30 minutes are really promising. Sean Penn immediately grabs you with this character, retired rocker Cheyenne. And then you meet Frances McDormand who plays his wife, and you watch their relationship and it’s interesting. But once he gets to America, the whole thing just kind of meanders from place to place, like the main character. There are some wonderful moments from Sean Penn. But they’re mostly monologues that he delivers to some random side character. I was just really hoping this was going to go somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful showcase for Penn, but the movie as a whole fell short for me.

6/10

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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