Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
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As an investigation into the deranged world of pop music fandom, the film had lots of potential. Alas, it quickly degenerates into an unconvincing, flat, predictable romantic comedy. More Jenkins (Henry), less Linklater-homages (Before the...) would have helped.
Somewhat bland adaptation of the NIck Hornby novel made worthwhile by a charming performance by Rose Byrne and a well cast Ethan Hawke as a faded rock star. Song score should have been stronger despite the involvement of such luminaries as Ryan Adams, Robyn Hitchcock and Conor Oberst. The novel wasn't amongst Hornby's best but this adaptation seems lacking nonetheless.
The book isn't great, but somehow Peretz's able to tell a charming, occasionally enticing story. Still, for a film in which music plays such an important part, Juliet, Naked lacks raw energy, dynamism and the beautiful rhapsody of other Hornby adaptations. It goes wide, but never cuts deep. It plays nicely as a shuffle but it'd never hold water as an album. Shout out to Hawke who keeps getting better and better.
1.5 A bland movie perfect for a bland first date. Yet another unimaginatively written lead female character whose greatest quest is to have a child. A tedious battle of the phalluses ensues between the main men. O'Dowd, Hawke, and Byrne do their best to breathe life into a plot that's tired and trite. Even the editing starts to slog with scenes running one shot longer than they ought to. Thank goodness it's over.