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.
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.
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! :)
Genset 16. oktober 2016. Rigtig fin film, gode male scener, og Ed Harris er fantastisk, som den destruktive alkoholiserede og selvoptagede Jackson Pollock. I filmen møder vi hele slænget der var noget i den amerikanske modernisme i efter krigstiden.
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.
*joke about this being kind of a mess but not in the good way that a Jackson Pollock painting might be*
Still, some of the art sequences inspired me to pick up a paintbrush again, which is definitely to the film's credit.
A naked, agonizing look at a tortured American icon. Harris miraculously pulls off his dual roles in a way distantly reminiscent of Welles. Rarely do biopics deliver such a raw emotional punch, but Harris pulls it off with an effortless grace.
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.