2.5 stars. Ugly. Laughing while trying to swallow vomit. I'd need to be a good deal more misanthropic to really enjoy this film, though a lot of fun can be had tracing back its thematic undercurrents to more splattery excesses in early Cronenberg. For those who own Kenneth Anger's 'Hollywood Babylon' and don't feel guilty about it.
Map To the Stars was so bad that even a whole month after watching it, I still find my mind drifting back to about how uniquely, mindbogglingly terrible it was. Julianne Moore's performance is solid but it can't make up for the shoddy way she's written, nor can it in any way salvage the rest of the film. But what was perhaps most shocking to me was that Cronenberg of all people would make a film so visually //dull//.
Le jadis pertinent, voire perturbant Cronenberg nous sert une mixture souvent fade et prétentieuse que le convenu festival de Cannes sanctifie avec délectation par le prix d'interprétation féminine décerné à Julianne Moore pour ses errements hystériques et ses insistantes et concomitantes flatulences... www.cinefiches.com
Despite the mixed reviews I've seen, I thought this was a brilliant criticism of the human cogs that make up capitalist Hollywood. While each character holds some unique eccentricity, they share a common hollowness. As each horrific personal revelation is revealed as their lives begin to coalesce, we feel nothing for them, even as an arguably sympathetic audience; and I think that's the feeling Cronenberg wanted.
Quasi-satire of Hollywood's decadence failing with its ridiculous plot. Weird motifs are the only thing keeping interest in this piece until it becomes obvious they're nothing but a skin-deep symbolism being randomly shuffled. Accomplishing nothing by it Cronenberg thus enhances his recent obsession with "hidden controversy" going as desperate as killing off his crew for absolutely no reason.
Sadly, its the direction that's lacking here. Cronenberg sets up a scathing satire only to bring us a ghost story that's better suited for day time television. There is also a scene with laughably bad CGI that was impressive in all the wrong ways. A rare misfire from a brilliant filmmaker.