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Doesn't Quite Work But I Liked It Anyway, And Charlie Sheen Is Amazing
Another reviewer here wrote A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan was like the film Wes Anderson started to make and then gave up on when he realized it didn't go anywhere, and that's actually a VERY good summation, but it also reminds one of all those half-baked, shambolic seventies 'auteur' flicks like 'The Stuntman', 'The Last Movie', 'Brewster McCloud' or 'Welcome To L.A' - something Hal Ashby or Peter Bogdanovich bashed together when stoned and then promptly forgot about. It feels almost like a tribute to that period of time and that kind of film-making, which ended once the 80's rolled around and the studios reined in the directorial chains.
So yes it IS a mess but on the other hand, Charlie Sheen gives perhaps the greatest performance of his career - I've never been much of a fan before so it's possible I've missed better but here he puts on an absolutely flawless acting workshop, with every single moment, every single line bang on the money. For me, at least, it's a revelation, and his speech near the end to his ex girlfriend rang true and was particularly moving.
In addition to this there's all the great over the top 'period detail', and some of the most gorgeous cinematography of the 21st century, plus a soundtrack that sounds like every seventies singer-songwriter you've somehow never heard.
On the minus side, it's not funny enough, and Murray and Schwartzman could have been used better. It probably deserves a 6 in reality but I'm knocking it up a star just because of all the haters.
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