Well the past two weeks has seen quie an abundance of leaked HD versions of “second grade” Hollywood movies, particularly in the drama and comedy genres. And after seeing most of them receiving merely 5 star scores on IMDb, I was reluctant to have a watch at them. Thus I chose to watch those which haven’t been officially released yet, to have a more objective opinion. I chse to have a go at The Longest Week (2014).
The Longest Weeks tells the story of Conrad Valmont. The son of wealthy but distant hotel mogul parents, Conrad gets evicted from his hotel, his home for the past forty years. All his financial resources are also cut off. He tries to continue on with his life, acting out a façade. He meets Beatrice while on his first ever subway ride. He moves in to stay at his friend Dylan, who turns out to be on the stage of approaching Beatrice. With his charm, Conrad manages to steal away Beatrice, all while secretly siphoning money from Dylan. Conrad’s traitorous actions are finally discovered and his relationship with both Dylan and beatrice become sour. At the end of the week, Conrad’s never seen parents decide to reconciliate, returning him to access to his former life. Conrad learns a lot from the previous week that he tries to change his life, continues on his writing, even secretly facilitate Dylan and Beatrice.
The story rolls out very slowly at first, despite all the eccentric and artsy imagery. At about the first quarter of the movie’s duration then the story begins to get interesting. The story builds up quite slowly that I was quite bored at the beginning, it starts to tickle my curiosity after all the elements of the starting condition has set in. It succeeded in depicting how sleazy the main character is, holding out his charade until the last days of the week. It’s quite regretable that the story tries so hard to create a good ending after the rather climactic final conflict, by doing a heavy dose of narration instead of really prolonging the real story.
About the jokes, there’s rally nothing special offered in this movie. In fact, I should say that there’s no real laughable joke here. The laughs tat I mustered watching this movie is only from laughing at the heavy depiction of the bitter ironies Conrad experiences.
What kept me on my seat is the take on the artsy side. It’s the sort of what we see in The Grand Budapest Hotel, having the dialogs done in English while having any other linguistics, especially the visuals, done in another language, in this case French. That language play and the classy items and lifestyle portrayed is nice enough, and quite frankly kind of reminded me of The Grand Budapest Hotel. But unfortunately only those things kept me watching. Nothing else meet my standard expectation.
On the acting side, Olivia Wilde gave out just another so-so acting to see, and so did Billy Crudup. Jason Bateman did a slightly interesting performance in portraying the slacked out spoiled brat not ready to face life. But considering I last saw Bateman on a similar role in Bad Words (2013), I think he is quite at home with this kind of roles.
My final say for The Longest Week (2014) is a 5 out of 10 score. It’s just mildly entertaining for me. A recommendation is a definite no for me. I think it’s not really worth it to see this movie in the theaters later on.