Thursday, August 8, 2013

In Too Deep (Movie Review: Lovelace)

If there is one reason to see "Lovelace," it would be Amanda Seyfried.  You always believe her as Linda Lovelace in this movie, even if the script isn't really as believable. The movie tells the story of the once porn superstar, and the movie is a perfect snapshot of a time: a time when porn was a bigger deal, a time when porn broke innocence. Nowadays, it's so commonplace that it's almost not a big deal to be one. In some cases, it even helps people's careers: think Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Linda Lovelace was a reluctant porn star, and was apparently beat and forced to film the iconic "Deep Throat." While the script is sympathetic to Lovelace, I can't help but think there's still more to the story. Lovelace is a complex character, with a complex back story, that I felt like I only saw a glimpse of her soul - this movie did not feel like the end-all and be-all.  As I mentioned, Seyfried gives her all and is unforgettable - the doe eye, the smile, even the freckles add up to a real emotional and brave performance. Peter Saasgard's character, the pimpy Chuck Traynor, is almost one-dimensional but Saarsgard is such a fantastic actor that he adds layers that aren't there. He gives an intense performance, though I do think he may be a bit too old for the role. Sharon Stone is almost unrecognizable here n a black wig, playing Lovelace's mother, but her steel and ice make this her best performance since "Casino." The rest of the cast, in smaller roles - Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody - make marks, and James Franco, as Hugh Hefner, steals the scenes where he's in. And I loved the production design of the movie - it literally brings you back to the 70s effectively. The movie is far from perfect, and much concise to mean anything, but it's worth a look.

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