True Story (2015)

Here’s one that came out a few months back I finally got a chance to watch. Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) is an exceptional Journalist who is pretty well-known and works at the New York Times. After making up a false story about child-slavery in Africa, Michael loses his job. Michael is trying to find any kind of work that he can in this tough time. He does, however, find a job that was not exactly what he was looking for, but attracts his attention and interest. Christian Longo (James Franco), is accused of murdering his wife and children. After hiding in Mexico under the name of Michael Finkel, he is arrested and brought back to the United States. The real Michael Finkel steps in and sets up some interviews with Longo because he feels like this would make a great book to write and he may be able to figure out what exactly happened the night Longo’s wife and children were murdered.

This is a movie that I have looked forward to seeing for quite a while because I love the cast, but I just kept putting it off for some reason. It turns out that I should have put it off even longer. This was a very disappointing film that had me bored throughout most of it. Even though the murder case was really interesting, I did not think that the movie was all that great. This is something that could have been a lot better and a lot more interesting. The whole movie was not a total disaster, but with such a strong cast I should be a lot more happy with this film than I am. This whole movie just struck me as a very boring drama that could have been much better with a different director and some better writing.

The cast did not disappoint me at all. The great thing about the cast is that they are what kept this movie going for me. I think Jonah Hill and James Franco delivered some great performances. I love that Jonah Hill is doing comedy, but is still doing these dramatic roles. He is an all-around solid actor who shows that he can do just about any role given to him. He is turning out to be one of the best actors out there right now. James Franco delivered a great performance as well. Without these two guys, the movie would have drowned even more than it did. Those two are the main reason this film did okay and was not a complete and total disaster.

Everything about True Story is just really messy and all over the place. Nothing about this movie had me excited in the least bit. I just think a lot about this movie is messy, sloppy and often over-the-top. This is director, Rupert Goold’s first movie and it clearly shows. That’s not to say there may be a bright future for him as a director, but the outcome of True Story is pretty typical for the first outing as a new director. I now it may seem like I despised this movie, but that is not the full case here. I just think it was too okay for what should have been a much better film. I do not think this is a movie you need to rush to see, but if you like some interesting stories and court cases, it just might be something you want to check out.

Overall, True Story does not deliver in the way it should. This has some great acting, but is mostly sloppy, all over the place and incredibly dull.

Grade= C (Okay)

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