Posted: June 23, 2016 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Colin Firth, Dominic West, Ernest Hemingway, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Genius, Guy Pearce, John Logan, Jude Law, Laura Linney, Max Perkins, Michael Grandrage, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Wolfe | Leave a comment »
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Two movies have opened that deal with the past in some way. One takes place in it, and one has a character trying to find it.
Genius is the based on a true story film about the editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and his nurturing of the somewhat difficult, to say the least, writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and the publication of Wolfe’s two books, Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River.
It was certainly a tumultuous relationship as artist/mentor relationships go. Perkins, though responsible for the publishing of such authors as Hemingway and Fitzgerald, was a Puritan at heart. Wolfe was larger than life, obnoxious, rude, an egotist and near sociopath, who lived life as if it were a last meal to be devoured.
One might very well ask, then, how a drama revolving around two such men could be, well, if truth be told and the devil shamed, tedious and almost never gripping? Read the rest of this entry »