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This is a drama about a 50 year old former rock star who decides to avenge his father’s humiliation and sets out on a journey across the United States. I thought this film was pretty good and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. The film is a mash-up of many themes and genres and sometimes it does not work but it is a heartwarming, funny and well-crafted film starring Sean Penn and I was quite satisfied with it. Penn is great in this film and he makes the character likable and funny, it was a real pleasure to watch him play this character. Overall, it is a beautiful little film that will leave you quite satisfied.
Freakin LOVED this movie. So out there, so unexpected, so not the usual Hollywood stinker! The movie is about a guy who was once a semi-famous punk rocker named Cheyenne who it turns out is just a sad shadow of his former self. He doesn't live in the preset but in the glory days of his past when he was someone who had fame and a bit of fortune. Cut to twenty years later and he's on a new mission that has nothing to do with his musical career. He discovers that his departed father who he was really not close to was a victim on the Nazis and that he had spent much of his life trying to hunt down the man who tortured him in the concentration camp where he was a prisoner. Now Cheyenne wants to finish his father's work for him, and hopefully learn a thing or two about what really matters in life, and not focus so much on his own self-indulgent self-worship. This is a movie that reminded me of the modern classic "Transamerica" with Felicity Huffman. Superb all the way around.
Talk about an unexpected ride! This movie starts out as another lost 'father-son' story in the vein of which we've seen tons of other lesser movies before. But then it somehow becomes a roadie movie about a guy who wants to avenge his father who turns out to have been victimized by the Nazis in World War II. Sean Penn plays his character in an almost bizarre and ghost like fashion - his punk rocker of yore is overtly effeminate, freakishly pale, and tremendously troubled, so you know that this is going to be one heck of a movie. I really enjoyed the set up and the premise more than the actual road trip part of the movie. It always seems so rife with possibilities and then it kind of peters out. I guess you kind of have to expect that it would happen to a movie with such an unusual plot. Penn is super in his role and I hope he gets noticed at Oscar time.
Sean Penn movies tend to fall into two categories: they are either major events (Mystic River, Tree of Life, Milk) or outsize disappointments (All the Kings Men, It’s All About Love). His latest outing on celluloid manages to tamp these expectation, which is likely both a good and bad thing. Good, because no one will blame him for the failure of another movie despite being (arguably) the best actor of his generation, and bad because this is actually one of his more novel efforts that matches the audacity of his performance. The premise alone should be enough evidence of this: a washed-up hasbeen goth rocker named Cheyenne (Penn) can’t seem to shed his old identity. He looks and sounds like an amalgam between Kiss and Marlyn Manson, which explains his brief popularity.
He comes to find out that his deceased father had a mission in life he knew nothing about: avenging his torture at the hands of the Third Reich during World War II. Cheyenne thus becomes obsessed with seeing his father’s aims realized, and a movie that was conceived as an esoteric character study becomes a rambunctious road trip movie into the American West. How it ends ultimately doesn’t matter as much as the fact that Cheyenne finally seems, at age 50, to come into his own. You’ll be shocked at how little you care about whether or not he is able to avenge his father’s torture in the end. Retribution is a many de-spelndored thing.
Penn is in full form here, which will rub some the wrong way because everything about the character and the movie lends itself to the over-the-top tendency. Penn is often accused of overacting, and in this movie his critics will have plenty to complain about. He seems, at times, to be channeling the ghost of Bea Arthur. Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, and Harry Dean Stanton all lend ample support in their smaller parts, though this movie rests firmly on Penn’s shoulders. It’s at times an overwrought ride, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. One of the more unique and rewarding experiences at cinemas this season.
I thought the film was very odd and different but I liked it and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. It is definitely a very different movie but if you are willing to let go and enjoy the ride I think you will leave the theater satisfied and entertained. The film is a weird combination of a road movie and a coming of age movie and it all works very well together. I do not think anyone else could have done a better job with the role than Sean Penn and I think he made this film what it is. I know that a lot of people will think this film is too crazy but I dare you to give it a chance and you might be surprised.
This is a comedy/drama about an ex rock star who sets out to find his father’s executioner, the film is directed by Paolo Sorrentino and stars Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch. I really liked this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film was very interesting, funny and charming and I absolutely loved Sean Penn, he was wonderful. I thought that the film was kind of magical and very different from what I am usually used to seeing in the theaters. i think this film will appeal to a very particular audience and that is not a bad thing. Some people will think that this film is absolutely crazy but you just have to go with it and I guarantee that you will have a great time.
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