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Book Title: The Longest Week|
Directors: Peter Glanz
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 2014-09-05
Runtime: 86 min
Stars: Jason Bateman,Olivia Wilde,Billy Crudup
IMDb Rating: 5.4
Full movie description "The Longest Week":As he eases into adulthood at the age of forty, Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman), the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, is cut off from his allowance following his parents abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan's girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As Conrad attempts to woo Beatrice while keeping both their relationship and his bank balance secret, Dylan tries to set him up with Jocelyn (Jenny Slate). Ever committed to the charade that he eventually finds difficult to maintain, Conrad quickly realizes his charm can only extend so far into debt. Now deep into an extensional reflection, will it take losing everything to make Conrad realize what he can truly become?
Reviews of the The Longest WeekThis film is captivating. The plot was a hackneyed one, granted, but the director needs credit for what he did with it. It is like the diver choosing a simple dive so the high scoring will be in the execution. Casting was faultless. Jason Bateman is one of only a handful of actors who could have succeeded with this, including Greg Kinnear, possibly Ricky Gervais and in older days, Cary Grant maybe. Billy Crudup played an extraordinary role in that his character Dylan was not pushed beyond that fine line of reality. Olivia Wilde again was the ideal choice for the same reasons - she was able to stay within the bounds of the film without stretching the comedy into Hangover-ish nonsense. If this was as a result of good writing and direction then it was very well done.
So, would the average viewer have expected this film to eventually jump the shark and resolve with a Matthew McConaugheyesque love scene involving microphones or CCTV? Of course. Did it happen? No. Courageous direction. The film was therefore a pleasure to watch, to absorb and not to get too upset about. Like watching and appreciating a great game of football with absolutely no interest in either team or the result. No emotional connection. Brilliantly done. No "what?" moments, no "you're kidding me?" reactions. The director also addressed the dilemma of what happens after the period in question. We know it's easy to leave the viewer with a couple desperately in love /reconciled /whatevered, and it's cheap and effortless to imagine it will last. It doesn't. And this film avoids all that trite nonsense at the risk that most viewers will think that because there is no grand finale love scene, nothing has happened. Wrong. Plenty happened and it was very strong direction and writing to use this approach. I hope it is the start for more to emulate.
It showcased the beauty of New York. It is a wonderful city. It made the viewer think what period it was set in without going to a plastic Gatsby recreation of a 1960-70's city. Just put the modern day cars a bit out of focus and get on with the story. Thankyou. We don't need to transformed into a different world - just do what live plays have done for ages - encourage the viewer to imagine. No wasting time or effort in recreation which would invite the inevitable 'they got that one wrong' nonsense. But that was only evident in several parts of the film. The rest was pure sailing. So almost full marks to all concerned for producing such a refreshing piece of work and for not submitting to the grand finale, for not allowing it to be a banal addition to the ranks of so many other comedies of this era. In some ways it is in the style of Coen films such a Inside Llewyn Davis, sans violence. Comedy without slapstick. comedy for the discerning viewer. Bring on more of this.
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