QUOTE(Ron @ May 25 2007, 04:29 AM)
Invizz, let me know what you think of THE WOODSMAN. We're staging it at my theatre next spring (it was a play before a film).SPOILERS AHOY!
I have to say that I found much of the film contrived and unconvincing. The writer piles coincidence upon coincidence: a paedophile just so happens to find an apartment opposite a school haunted by another paedophile; the paedophile's new girlfriend just so happens to have been a victim of child abuse herself; the paedophile's intended victim just so happens to be already abused by her father...
Then we are asked to suspend our disbelief still further and buy that a lady as attractive as Vicki (Kyra Sedgwick) would actually be interested in setting up house with a paedophile. I mean, it's not as if Walter (Kevin Bacon) tries that hard to woo her, and he is hardly Mr Charisma or Mr Smoothtalk. He is frequently shown to be withdrawn, unresponsive and inarticulate, and sometimes even downright creepy. Take it from me, beautiful women don't throw themselves at men with mental health problems. They just don't.
Naturally, after the first five minutes I was rooting for Walter to do the right thing and make good, but after about half an hour I was almost empty of empathy. After about an hour (round about the time he asked the little bird watcher to sit on his lap - a deeply disturbing scene) I was out of sympathy too.
It was at that point that I began to wonder what actual purpose the film served. Does it have anything meaningful to say to us at all, or is it just another sad piece of sensationalism trying to pass itself off as art? I found that I couldn't honestly answer that question.
I would also mention in closing that I wouldn't have watched this film had I known in advance that it contained female nudity. The first sex scene was perhaps forgivable as it served to establish the growing intimacy between the two main characters, but everything after that looked like gratuitous filler. I guess that bare breasts are the cheapest way to make a filmed play more cinematic...
Edited by The Invisible Man, 25 May 2007 - 05:23 PM.