All the King’s Men (2006) – Holy shit, what a disaster. Let’s get a few things straight.
– Robert Penn Warren was a good poet and a mediocre novelist. His book is overrated and overstuffed and if someone wants to adapt it ever again he/she needs to cut either the Stark plotline or the Burden plotine significantly.
– Tim is wrong, for once. Sean Penn hams it up, sure, but he’s actually a good choice to play Willie Stark. Huey Long, if you remember, was not a fat or physically imposing man. He did have a curly shock of hillbilly hair. But he could veer between sober speechifyin’ and raw-throated demogoguery, and Penn doesn’t veer. But when he’s on, he’s on.
– I assume Jude Law agreed to be in this movie after James Carville found him coked out and bleeding in a hallway and promised him an Oscar. This might be the worse performance of his career. Actually, all of the British actors stink up the place.
– What the hell happened?
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World – Brooks seizes on a couple jokes that don’t actually work (500 pages! AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA), but he has many more that do, and the inevitable aging boomer-PYT Henry Higgins relationship works better than usual.