Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Movie Review: A Bigger Splash (2016)

A Bigger Splash (2016) - Directed by Luca Guadagnino; Written by David Kajganich; Starring Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson.

By Kenny Howell

A group of superior acting talent get caught in a meandering, somewhat empty experience in this drama from Director Luca Guadagnino.

Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!) plays Marianne Lane, a rock star that is vacationing in rural Italy with her much younger filmmaker boyfriend Paul. Everything is going well as it can with a well recognized rock star until they run into an old friend, a sort of annoying music industry man named Harry played by Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel). In tow is his teenage daughter Penelope that he just found out he had, even though she may not be convinced he is actually her father. The dynamic between the four becomes quite intense because Marianne and Harry used to be an item and Penelope is trying to woo Paul. Eventually, everything boils over.

Everyone involved, to no one's surprise, is fantastic. Bring Swinton, Fiennes, Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) and Johnson (How to Be Single) together, you know you are at least going to get something even if there isn't there. The problem is there isn't much there. The tension between them never really seems to come together, and when the big event takes place that turns this movie on its head, it kind of feels like it came out of nowhere. It instantly becomes a different film, one of which is equally not as good as the other that had just ended.

Without these actors and the picturesque settings, there wouldn't be much here. Even with them, A Bigger Splash really never establishes itself as anything, even with the collected talent involved. .

Rating: **

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