Never mind that the Tomatometer gives it a 22%, this movie is artwork. Most people just don’t get it, and hey, that’s okay. There are no car chases, nobody gets naked, and it takes some thought afterword to really make sense of it. But, if you have an attention span, get thee to Netflix and put “The Words” in your queue!
This movie captures a writer’s fears, insecurities, desires, and obstacles , but more broadly, the human experience of reaching for your dreams, accepting your own limitations, and living your life for what truly matters – the people in it. There is a fantastic ethical dilemma that will keep you sympathizing with the main character. Bradley Cooper is great as Rory Jansen, and I think any writer worth his salt will identify with him in the struggle to remain true to yourself, to balance life and work, to create something that really matters to someone else, and to realize that even if you never “make it,” the people in your life matter more than success – even, and especially, writing success.
I don’t want to put any spoilers in here, because you probably haven’t seen this movie, and you should! If you find Bradley Cooper’s Hangover movies to be less-than-awesome, you just might finish this movie thinking he’s a real actor. Watch it with a friend and talk about it. Better yet, comment on my blog about it!