Ari Folman is one of the most creative writer/ directors out there. His Oscar-nominated animated “Waltz With Bashir” was amazing. This one gets an “A” for effort but it’s a little too creative for its own good.
Based on the book “The Futurological Congress”, Robin Wright stars as herself, except her career is in a tailspin (in real life, Wright is hotter than ever). This movie is the ultimate statement against motion capture and the ever encroaching technolization of Hollywood and society.
Robin Wright basically sells her soul to the Hollywood devil. Her final job, has Wright selling her digital likeness to the Miramount studio, as in Miramax/ Paramount. Danny Huston plays the head of the studio, who can now use Wright’s likeness any way he wants. The human Robin collects the substantial paycheck. Her computer chip and the people who control it do all the work.
Harvey Keital stars as her manipulative longtime agent. Sami Gayle (of “Blue Blood” fame) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (the kid in the completely depressing apocalyptic film “The Road”) play her kids. Her son suffers from Usher Syndrome, which robs victims of hearing and sight. Paul Giamatti is the doctor who treats him.
This is really two films. The second one begins midway through , 20 years later. That’s where the film goes animated and goes off course. The animation isn’t great , though Folman has a lot of fun with it, throwing in Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and Yoko Ono. Jon Hamm (seen only in animation) plays a studio employee from the “Robin” department who falls in love with her.
Robin Wright is tremendous and so is the very provocative first half of the film. The second half is a disappointing psychedelic trip.
Let’s call this one creative but flawed. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind.
2 and a half stars