Flash Movie Review: Genius

I sit and wait, searching their face for any clue on which direction their reaction will go. It is a gamble; I know that going in, but I am willing to take the risk. Of course, I make sure I have plenty other choices in case any one of them goes bad. You see I love trying new products, especially in the food category. Anytime I have people over to the house I try offering something new to them and myself. It could be from any food group, I would take a chance on it. And here is the little dietary secret; if a guest enjoys the new product I make them take it home because I do not want it to stay alone with me. It would be too much temptation. This way I get to taste something new without overindulging myself. The other secret about having new food items for company is seeing the look on people’s faces at that first bite; I do not know if I can explain it but I truly love seeing someone putting on a happy face due to some new discovery I found. When I am at the grocery store I feel like a treasure hunter when shopping for an upcoming party. Now before you tell me I need to find a new life, let me tell you I feel the same way outside of my home. When I was a kid I wanted to be a tour guide for the city. I wanted to take people I knew or people they knew and show them something they had never seen before. It could be art, architecture, nature or a restaurant; it did not matter as long as the person would have a positive experience from my tours. My desire to be a discoverer played right into this biographical drama.   MAX Perkins, played by Colin Firth (The Railway Man, Before I Go to Sleep) had a special place in the literary world. He was the book editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. This film festival nominee had a top notch cast of actors. Besides Colin there was Nicole Kidman (Secret in Their Eyes, Paddington) as Aline Bernstein, Jude Law (Spy, Sherlock Holmes franchise) as Thomas Wolfe and Laura Linney (Mr. Holmes, Primal Fear) as Louise Perkins. I was excited not only for the cast but the story itself, seeing these authors I was familiar with coming to life was a treat. You will understand now why my disappointment in this film was significant because the script did not live up to the characters. For such dynamic well known authors this story needed more levels of emotion, besides offering more of the artists’ motivations and feelings. Sure there were drunken and screaming scenes but I wanted to hear more about the “why.” The look of this picture was appropriate and the acting was the best the actors could do with the script; I just wished the script would have been at a higher level to match the story. Considering this film was only playing at 2 theaters in the city, I still felt like I was discovering a little piece of history.


2 1/3 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 24, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I heard about this on All Things Considered. It looks interesting.

  2. innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnteresting

  3. Well this does sound intriguing and I’m a huge book lover and collector of first edition books. I have a small collection and it’s not very big but like to look for a deal on them of great authors when I can find them. I also specialize in collecting small indie signed editions of books. Anyhoot, I hope I can enjoy this movie, as it is one I would like to watch. It probably will never come to my small town so will have to look for it on streaming or DVD in the future. Thank you for the review.

    • How cool that you have a collection of first edition books; I only have a few of them, but it is enough where I can further relate with you. I do hope you get to see this film somewhere, sometime and I certainly want to hear your take on it. Good luck finding it.

  4. My best find so far has been a first edition Edgar Rice Burroughs book and got it for a dollar no less! I even had a dust jacket replicated for it to preserve it. It’s on my “prize” shelf, lol! But that is a lesser known part of my life to people. :)`

  5. That’s too bad. I was getting excited reading your review, thinking: this sounds like a mivie for me. Then came your disappointment. Far too often movies rely on the actors over the script. It’s a shame.

    • If you do have a desire I would suggest trying to catch a bargain priced time to see this; full price would be asking too much. And if you are a reader, the story would intrigue you, though I think I would rather read a biographer of Max Perkins. Thank you for the comments.

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