Juliet, Naked (1/2 Hats)


Adam Says Hats On:

Saw, Juliet, Naked: Crowe-Magnonman

Rating as follows:
Total: 6.2/10
Cinematography (1.7): 1.0
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.4
Writing (1.5): 0.8
Entertainment Factor (1.2): 0.4
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.6
Best Category – Acting (1.0): 0.7
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.7
Character Development (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.3

Juliet, Naked is about a couple that struggles with a husband’s obsession with an obscure musician, Tucker Crowe. The wife accidentally begins a dialogue with Tucker Crowe and romance ensues. Sounds interesting … but it fell kind of flat for me. Ethan Hawke plays Tucker Crowe and was actually really good in this film. That was the bright spot, I’d say. The rest was just a little slow, not super entertaining, and just felt like it dragged on. With those negatives out of the way, it talked a lot about fatherhood and taking responsibility for your actions, which was a good message. If you like Ethan Hawke, give it a shot. Otherwise, it was just middle-of-the-road for me.

#MotherTucker #MusicNotToMyEars #FanTheFlame #BritishBeCrazy

Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Recently saw “Juliet, Naked” – Annie’s Haul. Conclusion: 7/10. Over the past five years, since the release of Before Midnight, Ethan Hawke has come into his own as one of the best actors in Hollywood. The emotion, lived-in feel, and dynamism he brings to each performance, especially seen in “First Reformed” earlier this year, has few rivals. As far as Juliet, Naked goes, he is certainly the best part of it. The film is a simple love triangle with a slight twist. Hawke plays an oft-forgotten musician, Tucker Crowe, who, after making his last album 25 years ago, has only a small, but dedicated following. The other two points in this triangle are Annie (Rose Byrne) and her boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who is an obsessive fan of Tucker’s music. Annie clearly comes second to Tucker’s music in Duncan’s life and through a series of events, we see Annie and Tucker connect online and the romance that ensues. It feels too sweet and kindhearted at times, but also a bit simple in its view of the world. Its notions of second chances feels like the most glaring example. That isn’t to say it’s a script void of any sharpness, quite the opposite. It is subtly very funny, and it hits on some interesting notes on the relationship between artists and fans. I come back to Hawke, though, and his performance. There’s still some value in something that’s a bit simple, but makes you feel good. #EatingCrowe #JulietNakedAndAfraid #TuckerInBed #Duncant #ChildrenShouldBeSeenAndNotBastards

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