Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Company Men: Too Little, Too Late

In "The Company Men," scenes are sliced and diced like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. And then, they're leached together so that the audio of the next scene begins before the previous scene has ended. Very arty. But effective? The Movie Slut thinks not.
Maybe that's why she failed to empathize with the men in "The Company Men," who lost their jobs in the current recession thanks to greedy corporations. Or maybe her sympathetic bones weren't stirred because she knows — personally — people who are in a much sorrier state than the Porsche-driving character Ben Affleck plays. How sad. He had to sell his beloved wheels. Really!
Affleck is joined onscreen by Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner, a heavy-hitting troupe of actors who make this film eminently watchable. Still, as the MS's companion said at the end, "So what else is new?"
The movie would have been more effective if it included blue-collar characters whose pink slips are tickets to the soup kitchen. They're the ones really suffering while C.E.O.s pull in obscene bonuses. That really makes the MS sad. And mad.
Movie slut Rating: Three out of five lipsticks.

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