Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sympathy For Delicious (2010)

"Just because I can't get up doesn't mean I can't get it up."
At a glance:
Juliette Lewis
Every bit as uneasy and awkward as its ridiculously unmarketable title, Sympathy For Delicious stars Christopher Thornton (pic), a real-life paraplegic and friend of actor Mark Ruffalo, who is on his directorial debut here. This Thornton guy plays a bitter and invalid turntablist named DJ Delicious D who discovers he has the intermittent power to heal the sick and infirmed - a power that is somehow useless against his own affliction. People who try to turn him into a cash cow include a conflicted Catholic priest (Mark Ruffalo), an underground English rock star (Orlando Bloom) and an opportunistic band manager (Laura Linney), while Delicious D's junkie friend (Juliette Lewis) tries to help him make sense of things. Sounds quite watchable, doesn't it?
Bad news on the doorstep:
Like an urban fable gone wrong, I believe Sympathy For Delicious is a deeply personal project that deserves respect and acknowledgement but was probably made into the wrong kind of movie. It has a great cast and a strong start but is chiefly too incoherent, protracted and bizarre an indie to make heads and tails of. Despite winnin an award or two at Sundance, there are some pretty nasty reviews out there.
Perennial wonderment:
Has Laura Linney ever played an exceedingly sexual role? I'd really like to see more of her.
Well he's certainly enjoyin himself.
Reminds me of:
Evangelicals. Ugh.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
I like the production design and the camerawork but I think Christopher Thornton's actin tends to alienate the audience and frankly there's no real incentive to root for him. Two stars. Visit official site for more info.
Trailer for the curious: