'Meh' - The word nobody wants to hear when asked what they thought of a film. Sorry it can't be better guys but what the motherflipping heck happened? The premise for the film is so interesting, both in the genre of true crime cinema, and also on a moral, humanistic level but it just falls so short. Also, I have an issue with the painful lack of screen-time for Felicity Jones/any women at all, whaddup with that?
Nearly gave it 2.5 but on pondering it I came to the conclusion it is really just a run-of-the-mill courtroom drama, competently staged but could easily have made a TV movie out of this. The acting was passable but nothing to write home about, and ultimately it lacked any real punch behind its 'true crime' background. Seen it all before and this added nothing new. Already forgot about it really...
It was great to see James Franco playing himself. I'll give this film kudos for not sticking to the usual shocking plot twist finale these films usually carry. Instead, it went for a more retrospective look into human personalities and similarities. It didn't hit anything remarkable, it was just average, but it being based on actual events made it slightly more enjoyable.
Quite good drama/thriller with some stellar photography and locations. The music is also pretty great. Hill is very good in this movie and shows us he has range and can do drama in a believable way. Franco on the other hand is clearly out of his depth and turns in a really weak and uneven performance. The direction is excellent but the script feels way too light for what this story implies and explores.
"True story" is an intriguing and clever story about the relationship with the journalist Mike Finkel and the suspected mass murderer Christian Longo. The plot is well developed, but the movie do have some major issues with character development and keeping he audience attention. The whole movie is really a long conversation and a court case against Longo, and It can be boring for the casual moviegoer.
While "True Story" gives Jonah Hill and James Franco a chance to showcase their considerable dramatic chops, the film itself never quite lives up to it's promising premise. It's a mystery film where the more that's revealed, the less interesting it becomes, since most of the questions it raises have underwhelming answers.
Really echoes Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," as its predicated on one's human curiosity and how one's entire opinion of even the most sinister person changes through immense exposure and humanization. Admittedly uneven, but wholly immersing, especially as someone who loves films about journalism. People will be reeled in by the names of Hill and Franco and see something they probably otherwise wouldn't have.
Sporadically great, underwhelming most of the time. There are too many incongruences to make this the well-rounded and chilling tale of murder and human curiosity it could have been. Goold doesn't have the control of the material or its actors. It's a shame to see Felicity Jones backed into a unidimensional character and Franco's terribly inconsequential performance.