Me and My Nine Iron

September 12, 2012

The Words review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 9:47 am

Seen at a pre-release screening in Los Angeles:

How unfulfilling. First, consider its logline.

A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.

SPOILER ALERT: I hate to ruin it for you guys, but the man whose original work it was wants nothing upon confronting the plagiarist while the “steep price” he must pay is guilt. Would’ve been better off as a book or a thriller.

The scenes that were supposed to be filled with tension missed the mark emotionally, and you had the one guy when asked what he wanted in return reply, “I just needed you to know.” Which genius thought that line was going to make the audience happy?

Bradley Cooper plays the struggling author who comes across an undiscovered story he then writes as his own. His relationship with Zoe Saldana is the only good part of the movie. You wait for something to happen with his encounter with Jeremy Irons, and after Irons tells him it’s his story, he just leaves. Especially in a story where you would think there would be a high cost for stealing another man’s work, it was all a self-evaluation, something that usually never comes across well in a movie.

I’ll admit I enjoyed it, but only because it was very relatable as a writer. Otherwise, I can’t disagree with any of the negative reviews I read.

The Words opened in theaters on Friday.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.7
What it should be: 6.7




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