Sunday 26 January 2014

Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012): Mini Movie Review

A lot of things can get in the way of finding time to review films, including work, family and even moving to South Korea, but some movies still deserve a mention, so that’s where my Mini Movie Reviews come in. Each is less than 100 words long or your money back. That’s a promise people! Today it’s Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Speculation over James Dean's sexuality is the focus in Matthew Mishory's ethereal monochrome drama that explores the icons life before he made it in Hollywood. Stylistically, the film is stunning throughout, marking Mishory as a director to watch in the future. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his script writing skills. Clunky, pretentious... almost every line of dialogue is excruciating to hear, yet Joshua Tree is still mesmerizing in places, due to its glimpses into the seedier side of Hollywood and a charismatic performance from its lead, James Preston. Turn the volume down and it's the perfect film.   

3 out of 5

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