The Kid Stays in the Picture

January 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  The Kid Stays in the Picture

NUTSHELL:  Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen’s inventive documentary about <insert 5 or 6 adjectives here> film producer Robert Evans, based on his autobiography.

GOOD THINGS:  The techniques used to make the film more than your average talking head/film still documentary work pretty well and are interesting to concentrate on when you are particularly embarassed for Evans during certain parts of the narrative. Contains Steve McQueen pics and Jack Nicholson anecdotes.

BAD THINGS:  The narration is oddly gripping and melodramatic. Plus the unwavering point of view of Evans and lack of objectivity is troubling at times.

FEATURES:  Robert Evans. Probably insanity-inducing levels of Robert Evans.

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  I think I strained myself trying to feel sorry for Evans as he tells about how he tragically got trapped after checking himself into a mental health facility and then had to call his chauffeur Jean-Paul to come get him. I know you can’t see it but I am rolling my eyes right now.

NOTABLE:  I had the worst flashback ever during the anti-drug TV special sequence. I had wiped that entire portion of my childhood out of my brain and now it’s back. It definitely gave me that simultaneous dolly in, zoom out feeling. I’m also additionally creeped out because I’ve since found that no one else seems to remember it besides me. If I could get the image of Cheryl Tiegs dancing with Bob Hope out of my head, I would have given this movie 4 crowns.

BEST PART:  Did I already mention the Steve McQueen pics? Shoot.

BEST LINE:  When you own the property, you’re king.

CROWNS:  3 out of 5

Entry filed under: Documentary, Firebaton review.

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