Thursday, September 13, 2018
Bel Canto (2018)
The film is a the story of a Japanese business man who goes to a South American country to see about setting up a new factory. At a party in his honor his favorite singer, played by Julianne Moore, is to perform. A group of rebels, thinking the president is there, attacks and ends up taking hostages.
A strangely passionless film, it is kind of devoid of any hint of what has made the novel by Ann Patchett such a perennial best seller. That it comes from writer director Paul Weitz is also a bit odd since in films like ABOUT A BOY and GRANDMA he generated real feeling. Watching the film my interest wandered and I started doodling in my notebook. While I was curious to see how it played out, I wasn't curious enough to devote my full attention to it.
I know that I truly broke with the film during the first scene where Julianne Moore sang. The lip sync was so awful, that it was very clear that Moore wasn't singing and I gave up on the whole film.
Is BEL CANTO a bad film? No, not really but there is no need to run out and see it.