Monday, May 19, 2014

"The Homesman" premieres in Cannes

The Homesman, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, premiered yesterday at the Cannes International Film Festival.  Meryl as we know has a cameo role as Altha Carter.  Several reviews are popping up and from what I've read thus far, the opinions are favorable.  With seven reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 71% "fresh" rating.  

I won't go into all the details of the reviews, but a general response seems to be that the film is good (cinematography, acting), but that there are a few pacing problems.  Evidently there is some unevenness in the tone and direction, possibly making it a film that will lack broad appeal.  

Without question I want any project that Meryl is in to be a success, but I'm not super invested in how well this movie does.  No domestic distributor has picked it up yet, but someone eventually will and I'll no doubt be able to see it in October.  Swank and Jones will be in the conversation for awards, but nothing I've read so far suggests that these are powerhouse performances.  Regardless, it's nice to know that the film will overall likely be received reasonably well.  


  1. I want Meryl to star in a critical sensation. I know critics don't truly matter but it would be great to have a film that comes close to matching her performance

    1. Agreed. I'm skeptical about any of her four pics this year being consensus critical sensations. Maybe Suffragette? Even if Into the Woods is great, musicals are going to have a pretty mixed bag or reactions regardless. I think on paper Ricki and the Flash has potential to that great pic.