Great Cosmopolis Review by ‘Celluloid Junkie’   2 comments

Here’s a great review of Cosmopolis by ‘celluloid junkie

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Cosmopolis is the 2012 sci-fi drama directed by David Cronenberg starring Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer, Paul Giamatti as Benno, Juliette Binoche as Didi, Samantha Morton as Vija, and Sarah Gadon as Eric’s wife, Elise.

Love him or hate him, and I’m sure there’s a fair amount that could go either way, Robert Pattinson is here to stay.

Pattinson’s performance in Cosmopolis is near-perfect.  That is to say – this film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo is strangely literal.  Not all written dialogue sounds as good when spoken aloud as it does in your head.  With Cosmopolis, if you ever do adjust to the cadence and language of its cast of characters, you may have already given up on the plot.  People seem to have confused this oddness with Pattinson’s (et al) ability to act.

This is a mistake.

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The film – its acceptance or rejection – is down to David Cronenberg, best known for his work in the body horror genre (The Fly, Rabid, Dead Ringers), who – acting as screenwriter and director, was the visionary force behind Cosmopolis.  His decision to maintain Don DeLillo’s awkward dialogue lends a coldness and distance to the work making it next to impossible for people not in touch with the subject matter or references to access and draw from.

The result for most is a film that feels staged and unrelatable.

I meant what I said.  Pattinson’s performance as Eric Packer is cold on the surface but emotionally flammable internally.  Oh you see what I did there?  You may think I’m referencing Pattinson’s Twilight days, but the truth is there is no Edward Cullen to be found in his performance.  In fact, Pattinson’s stoicism is so fragile in its construction, it takes but little to bring forth the cracks where the heat bubbles up.  Pattinson easily turns it on and turns it off, at once miserable and yet exultant.  Back and forth and back again.  Pattinson proves he is not afraid to be ugly and be seen doing ugly things.

Cosmopolis is peppered with public outcry and prone to its own “occupy” crowds that close in on Eric’s limo to deface and damage it.  This should be delightful for those who have felt the crunch since the 2008 financial collapse.  It should feel like getting a pound of flesh.  But it doesn’t.  Because we rarely see beyond the walls of the limo, we remain as cold and detached from the experience as Eric.

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Posted May 23, 2013 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis

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2 responses to “Great Cosmopolis Review by ‘Celluloid Junkie’

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  1. Love this review, love hearing that Rob at last is being acknowledged for his outstanding performance. Thank you

  2. Pingback: Excelente Crítica da *Celulloid Junkie* sobre o filme ‘Cosmópolis’ « Portal Robert Pattinson || Sua Dose Diária de Robert Pattinson

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