Well acted, especially by the leads, but a rather underwhelming and straightforward biopic. An enjoyable film but not one which provoked any real thinking about the nature of creativity, aesthetics, let alone abstract expressionism - and that seems a shame given its subject.
I'd love to compare this to Minnelli's Van Gogh. The film works by showing 'the surface' of the artists dysfunctional personality and relationships. And here the film benefits from the superb Marcia Gay Harden. (Although she has some of the worst lines: "Wow. you're really making a breakthrough here Jackson"). But the film fails to communicate Pollock's connection to painting and the overpowering need to create.
An elegant study of the great artist. Ed Harris' direction is thoughtful and poised, whilst his portrayal of Pollock himself is compelling and complex; a performance of understated virtuosity. Marcia Gay Harden is equally impressive in the role of Lee Krasner and Jeff Beal's pleasing score is another of the film's highlights.
Beautiful if somewhat harrowing film. The music is great and I thought it was Thomas Newman, but it is in fact Jeff Beale. I think he has taken more than a splash of American Beauty, 6 Feet Under, etc. It is definitely the voice of Newman channelled by Beale. It works effectively in the painting sequences. Music is mostly used in moments of reflection and creativity. Never overused, so good music editing! :)
The abstract expressionist and tortured 'automatic' artist has his professional and personal life skilfully, cinematically articulated by Harris. The dysfunctional genius, the aggressive alcoholism, the philandering misogyny and erratic madness are all present; with intriguing characterisations of Greenberg and Guggenheim. A fairly functional biopic that sticks to a linear narrative structure.
Not so much about the man, but more about the tortured artist and his creative process. If it wasn't so simple and humble, there could be a danger of sounding smug and pretentious. But it works out quite well. Ed Harris threw himself onto a project he truly wanted to create in order to inspire. It isn't the greatest I've seen, but it does work.