Maps to the Stars


Directed by David Cronenberg

Written by Bruce Wagner

Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams

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As critics map the stars of Cronenberg’s latest, the facial and vocal contortions of Moore’s transformation into the uptalking over-sharer Havana will make her a focal point, but no one in Maps puts a foot wrong. If only we could forget they’re acting.

The slow-burning plot is flawless, opening with biting observation and dripping with insider references, including a line from Moore recalling the adulterous behaviour of her character in The Kids are All Right.

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Expertly-handled sound effects like pills striking teeth help document the Hollywood lifestyle, and the emphasised sounds of a beating are repeated to link crucial episodes.

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad”; it’s an unoriginal concept but rarely has this story been told with such visual flair, narrative ingenuity and, despite a character uttering a pivotal fact in the first act, mystery. Cronenberg’s probing of the darkness beneath Hollywood’s well-groomed façade is a veneer itself; satire gradually gives way to the film’s core, a psychological thriller with twin tragedies at its centre.

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One response to “Maps to the Stars

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