Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Movie Reviews
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As much as I don't like Charlie Sheen (I mean, really - ick!) I must admit that I do have a soft spot for the unusual storytelling methods of Wes Anderson, which have clearly influenced the writer-director of this movie called "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" - it's just so weird and bizarre and charming and endearing that you can't help but like it. That being said, the writing is pretty weak which means that the movie, for all of its cleverness, doesn't have much to say, which lead me to like it but never really love it. The performances are all great - from Charlie Sheen, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman - but their characters at times seem to be weird just for the sake of being kooky. They don't have much to say besides "hey, look at me, i'm wearing a funny costume." I think this movie will come and go pretty fast, so you better catch it while you can.
Um, yeah...forget Channing Tatum: Jason Schwatrzman is what it's all about! If you agree, holla y'all, because he makes beefy lunkheads look like yesterday's lunch meat, lol! Seriously, Schwartzman is just SO adorable in this movie, just like he usually is in pretty much everything he plays. He is like the walking, breathing personification of neuroses, and he obviously relishes playing this part. I hope that the academy and other awards givers take note of his performance because it really is superb. Charlie Sheen plays the title character but frankly I didn't find him that interesting. Probably because Sheen finds himself way too interesting. I wish that they had cast someone else in the part who doesn't seem so obviously self-satisfied...maybe that Matthew Fox guy from Lost. He might have been a good fit. I still loved this movie just for Schwartzman who is like the cutest working actor today.
I thought this movie was wicked awesome yo! So hip, so hep, so totally full of fun and whimsy. I think a lot of people will probably be turned off by the fact that it stars Charlie Sheen, but frankly he is the glue that holds this almost-masterpiece together. He plays a wild child (like always) whose mind is occupied by brilliant things and very flawed things. He sees beauty in everything but he doesn't always understand that what he's looking at is in fact beautiful. A lot of time he seems to think that just because he sees things a certain way, that they must be that way, because why else would anyone choose to look at it differently? He's aware of everything around him except himself. I personally loved Jason Schwatrzman's performance. He really takes neurotic to a new level and he is always super hilarious. Ditto Bill Murray who plays every role like it was written for him. Special mention also goes to Patricia Arquette for her stellar turn. I smell an award for her...
Okay, so sue me: I still laugh at the reruns of "Two and a Half Men". Yes, Charlie Sheen is a megalomaniacal looney toon who done lost his mind years ago...but you gotta hand it to the guy: he knows how to play smarmy! It's second nature to him because, well, it's his first (and possibly only) nature. The thing I liked about this movie was that it was one of those ironic self-aware stories about self-destruction and self-revival. The whole idea is that no one really knows who or what they are or what they are capable of unless they've been put through the grinder and that's what happens to Charles Swan. Sheen is good in his part (he's basically playing himself) but the show belongs to Patricia Arquette who really makes the movie feel heartfelt and sad and more than just an exercise in cleverness. She is a superb actor, and I think she should get a nomination for her role. She steals every scene she's in.
My initial reaction to the first 15 minutes of A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III was that it reminded me of something Wes Anderson would have directed. In film school. Before he really knew what he was doing. By the end of the film, my initial hunch was proven correct.
This is the story of an amazingly gifted and successful graphic artist named Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) whose life looks idyllic from the outside. Everything is there (money, success, love, sex, art, beauty) and it all fits together seamlessly. And then, suddenly, his lady love picks up and leaves. She has had enough. Enough of what? Of the nothingness of perfection.
Swan is then forced to look at his life and learn the tough lessons that are clouded by what he and the world around him identifies as success. Turns out he’s not so much a golden boy as he is prisoner of a gilded cage of ideas. Point noted.
We’ve seen this story before; life as it is, instead of as it is perceived to be. But the movie relies on too many gimmicky cutaways and musical jaunts (note: this is not an episode of Family Guy) to be taken seriously. The fact that it attempts to be an ironic commentary, complemented by fine work from Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and (above all) Patricia Arquette, doesn’t suffice for the weak writing. Sans all the gimmicks, there’s nothing much here except Charlie Sheen being snarky and bizarre.
Which, surprisingly, is nowhere near as interesting as you would imagine it would be.