Maps To The Stars

What’s it about?
Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) the exiled daughter of a Hollywood power couple (John Cusack and Olivia Williams) returns to LA to reconnect with her famous younger brother (Evan Bird). Violence pursues those around her, including a frustrated actor turned chauffeur (Robert Pattinson) and fading star Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore).

What did we think?
Scott Ford says: A cavalcade of stars, commentary on celebrity and self-help, incest and tween violence — director David Cronenberg has packed a lot into this film, but nothing sticks. The plot, which gestures at classical tragedy and references surrealist poetry, is often advanced by the appearance of exposition-spewing phantoms and is entirely forgettable.

Cronenberg’s direction is excellent as ever, dancing the line between alienation and intimacy. The dialogue between tween superstars is a reminder of his talent for making discomfiture compelling. But there are also more than a few regrettable moments. Maps to the Stars is a lot adding up to not much.


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