Maps to the Stars

February 26, 2015

Julianne Moore in MAPS TO THE STAPS

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Written by: Bruce Wagner

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird

Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material)

Running Time: 111 minutes

David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS is more hit than miss. It is good, but it does take time for a viewer to get used to Cronenberg’s strange and absurd Hollywood. But that seems to be his and screenwriter Bruce Wagner’s point: Hollywood is not real, and is the home of the odd, strange, and dysfunctional. This is demonstrated by the fact that every character in the film is flawed, but none more than Julianne Moore who is a deeply insecure actress. Mia Wasikowska plays a destructive person with some serious screwed-up parents. John Cusack and Evan Bird are also good in their own demented Hollywood-way. Robert Pattinson, who was in Cronenberg’s last film, COSMOPOLIS, is perhaps the most normal.

Grade: B

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