September 11, 2007

Film Critic Quote of the Wee

David Edelstein of New York magazine, eviscerating "The Brave One":

What could impel Jodie Foster and director Neil Jordan to whisk us back to the bad old days of Death Wish and Ms. 45? Were their credit cards maxed out? Were their kneecaps about to be broken?... You probably think I’m oversimplifying—that Foster and Jordan are too thoughtful, artistically ambitious, and politically progressive to make a movie that would have Bernie Goetz rolling his eyes. But Foster’s feminist victimization complex seems to be looping around to meet Nixon and Agnew. Next she’ll be hunting Commies for the FBI."
I saw this last night; what an abominable, indefensible, total mess of a movie it is. It gets New York wrong, it gets humanity wrong, and it's like an elementary school version of "Munich," right down to the creepy sex scene juxtaposed with a murder. The movie, though, should gladden the hearts of anyone chomping at the bit to relive the debates surrounding the Bernie Goetz case.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 11, 2007 05:01 PM
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