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Sep 1st
04:10 pm
'Parkland' at Venice Film Festival  
Here is some of what was said about Parkland. Unfortunately it was a pretty mixed reception but mostly the actors aren't blamed. The camerawork gets some praise but overall it seems the story tries to do too much and the dialogue and directing is weak. Many commented that it felt like it would've been better suited to tv, like an HBO mini-series or something.


I've included all that we have so far, even the bad ones because they make a lot of interesting points. I especially like the comment in the Indiewire one about how the women in the story are diminished.

THR: Stephen Farber
The bloody hospital scenes are graphic and sometimes painful to watch, but the sense of being right in the middle of the chaos is vividly caught. Zac Efron and Colin Hanks play the residents tending to the President, and Marcia Gay Harden is the head nurse. They convey the right note of numbed shock, along with a sense of professionalism—people doing their best during an unprecedented national emergency.

Independent UK: Geoffrey Macnab
The film is very well filmed in a verite style reminiscent of DA Pennebaker documentaries of the early 60s. There is constant use of handheld camera and lots of sweaty close-ups of panicked FBI agents and medical staff. The performances are full blooded and Landesman includes details that are bound to be fascinating to anyone interested in the circumstances in which JFK died. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean Parkland works as a drama. Landesman offers us a sophisticated and meticulously detailed historical reconstruction that, as storytelling, remains disappointingly inert.

Guardian UK: Xan Brooks, ScreenDaily: Tim Grierson, Playlist: Oliver Lyttelton, Variety: Peter Debruge, Cine-Vue: John Bleasdale, Indiewire: Matt Mueller, Telegraph UK: Robbie Collin, Hitfix: Guy Lodge


^lol mick's joke

I probably won't make a post about the press they're doing in Venice since it is just the director and Tom and not much is said about Zac. I'm sure we will hear plenty from Toronto.
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Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on September 1st, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Too bad about the reception of the movie. It really sounded like it had great potential and shows once again that even if things from cast, script etc look good from the outset, it's still a lottery game every time and the director make a world of a difference. And that you shouldn't count your chicken before they hatch. Alas, hopefully it works out better the next time and I hope Zac still learned something while making it.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 1st, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Is there even a remote possibility the reviews at tiff could be drastically better?
Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - crying 1jeezbee on September 1st, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
I can't see why. It's always the same circle of critics - some of them are in Venice right now, another big chunk of them will be at TIFF. Sure, there might be a couple of positive reviews from TIFF (THR liked it, Guardian & ScreenDaily are mixed positive, so it's not like they are all negative) and perhaps it's going to be a bit better on average than in Venice but overall there are too many negative reviews from a variety of established critics for the tune to change significantly.

Very rarely when things are genuinely divisive and mixed positive, the overall direction can change but if you read the reviews and their criticism, I wouldn't put the movie in that category.

Edited at 2013-09-01 10:52 pm (UTC)
Bee: Zac – 17 Again - A - shifting eyes sidewjeezbee on September 1st, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I should probably add that I think there is a possibility (but not a guarantee) that it will be better received from normal moviegoers than critics. TIFF should give us a better idea with that.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 2nd, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
Your icon is distracting from actually reading your response lol. It's all good though
annabelle83 on September 1st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'ms so bummed about the reviews. Thought the movie looked good from the trailer. But I'm relieved Zac is not the problem. It seems he's actually acceptable as a doctor in the actual movie. Critics has a lot of things to hate on this movie, but Zac is clearly not one of them.

Some idiot was saying on twitter something like "Parkland got bad reception at Venice. Directors shouldn't hire Zac Efron." as if Zac was the one who ruined the movie. Ugh. But he has made so many bad movies, so I sort of understand why people would automatically assume he was the problem.

Hopefully, those reviews won't let him down. He said in his Flaunt interview, that he can't watch his movies twice. :( And he seemed so frustrated from feeling of underachievement. Hope he can get his big break soon. He works harder than anyone. He deserves success.

Edited at 2013-09-01 11:14 pm (UTC)
Sapphirasapphia on September 2nd, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
You're and jeezbee in your comments expressed all my thoughts.

It was hard yesterday, reading all these negative comments on Twitter and in the articles. Grusny was the day. I am also waiting for this Film is good. But ...