Valdosta Daily Times

Features

September 17, 2012

‘The Words’: Worth hearing, seeing

VALDOSTA — “The Words” (Drama: 1 hour, 37 minutes)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barns, and Olivia Wilde

Directors: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal  

Rated: PG-13 (Profanity and sensuality)

Movie Review: “The Words” is just sweet enough to engage and just short enough to leave one wanting more. The story is about writer Clay Hammond (Quaid). A well-known writer, Hammond’s latest book is about a celebrated literary figure, Rory Jansen (Cooper). The fictional character Jansen plagiarized the novel “The Window Tears,” which was written by a young man (Barnes) during World War II about the struggles he and his wife Celia (Nora Arnezeder) shared. After much fame, gained from the success of “The Window Tears,” Jansen’s life is golden. Enter an old man (Irons), claiming to be the true author of “The Window Tears.”

If this film appears complicated, it is not. This is a plot within a plot within a plot. Layers of stories exist spanning three generations. Each is rewarding in its casual, poetic manner. The director-writers Klugman and Sternthal, in their directorial debut, weave an interesting story that leaves one wanting more.

Klugman and Sternthal tease their audience with sleight of hand, constantly engaging audiences to think beyond what is merely seen and heard. Their characters are romantic figures that charm. Even more, a sense of mystery is left when this film is finished that puts one at an energetic ease.       

The cast is captivating. Quaid is mysterious, and Wilde plays an interested suitor, equally intriguing. Cooper charms as a misguided writer aiming for fame. Saldana is beautiful as Cooper’s love interest. They are a real-life couple, so the chemistry was easy. Barnes and Arnezeder are a worthy romance, but Irons steals the show as a cantankerous old man coming to grips with a present that may wreck his past. His scenes with Cooper are invigorating.  

A certain symbolism exists here that makes this screenplay creative, although it is not as powerful as it could be. Still, a certain artistic conceptualization exists here that works as beautiful medium-weight mental floss.          

Grade: B (It is not Scrabble, but it is worth playing.)

 

“The Cold Light of Day” (Action: 1 hour, 33 minutes)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Verónica Echegui, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver  

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

Rated: PG-13 (Violence, sexual content and strong language)

Text Only
Features
  • 140418-AR_Paul_Townsend001.jpg Graphic novelist draws on inspiration

    A few moments with graphic artist Paul Townsend is all you need to understand that his mind swirls with stories that he’s willing to explore on paper – no matter where they take him.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pompeys Pillar.JPG Pompeys Pillar

    Along their journey west to the Pacific and return east to St. Louis, Lewis and Clark left numerous marks recording their presence in order to validate a claim to the land for the United States.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 1vsusr2014.jpg seen.yer-shoh

    Two of the most revealing exhibits each year at the Valdosta State University Fine Art Gallery are the fall and spring senior art shows.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Film Review Draft Day_Rich copy.jpg ‘Draft Day’ scores a field goal at the theater

    Our reviewer looks at the movies "Draft Day'" and "Rio 2."

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • emerging1.jpg Emerging Artists: VSU shines spotlights on student performers

    Three years ago, Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance created a twist on its seasons’ conclusions.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • bicycle safety.jpg SGMC, Kohl’s to host Bike Smart safety event

    SGMC, Kohl’s Department Store, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Safe Kids Lowndes County will host Bike Smart!

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410-AR-Wake_Compound001.jpg Bringing wakeboards to Lowndes

    In college, many dream of their future career paths and, while some may seem far fetched, some people are able to make theirs a reality. Luke Tilt and Quinn Silvernale were able to do just that.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140401-Ballet003.jpg Beautiful Dancers

    The Ballet School in Valdosta offers children with special needs the chance to live out their dreams of being a dancer. For many, this may have seemed like a far fetched dream given their physical limitations, but as the Ballet School proves, there is no such thing as a physical limitation.

    April 13, 2014 5 Photos

  • Dido and Aeneas 1.jpg VSU Opera, Chamber Singers Present ‘Dido and Aeneas’ April 19-20

    The Valdosta State University Department of Music will present “Dido and Aeneas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, in the West Hall Rotunda. Seating is limited to 100 people per performance.

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Film Review Captain A_Rich copy.jpg A salute to ‘Captain America’

    Our reviewer looks at "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 'The Grand Budapest hotel' and "Bad Words."

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results