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Movie Review: 'The Words' Is Too Complicated for Its Own Good

Bradley Cooper plays a writer who rips off another writer who just happened to be Jeremy Irons. Bad idea? Oh, I think so...

Bradley Cooper wants to be a professional writer but he can't because, well, he's not good enough. He comes across a manuscript shelved for years, publishes it, and tells the world it's his work when we all know it's not in 'The Words.'

Jeremy Irons plays the writer who actually wrote the book. He confronts Cooper's character, accusing him of plagiarism, and then proceeds to tell him his back story, thus slowing down the film to a turtle's pace.

Other actors in the film include Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. Despite a talented cast, the film seemed a bit jumbled towards the middle. You see, there are actually three different stories going on in this film, making it difficult to follow because they are not chronological. This can be especially  confusing if you step out for a snack or bathroom break. 

The movie then ends with a thud. It's too bad because the film, unlike Cooper's character, had so much potential.

So the flick-o-meter gives 'The Words' a three out of five.

This movie is a story, within a story, within another story. That's a heck of a juggling act and for me, it just doesn't work.

"The Words" is playing at Brenden Vacaville 16, 531 Davis St., in Vacaville, and Regal Davis Stadium 5, 420 G St. in Davis.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Rose September 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
personally, I liked it and the end ruined it. I really like the main actors and all too often I trust that in deciding what to see. endings are soo important. my hubby and I were frustrated wishing we'd made another choice.

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