Monday, August 22, 2005

Movie Review: Broken Flowers

Last weekend, I got around to watching Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, starring Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy and a host of others. The film is pretty much dominated by Bill Murray who pulls off yet another performance rooted in a combination of deep melancholy and amused disinterest, playing a semi-retired Don Juan(-ston) stirred into action revisiting his former girlfriends thanks to an anonymous letter that implies he has a nineteen-year-old son. Jeffrey Wright plays Murray's amateur-detective neighbor who goads him into action to investigate the source of the letter. Everybody else makes little more than a cameo appearance while Murray drives around from place to place checking on his former girlfriends' choice of stationery and their color preferences.

The movie is rather funny in its own off-beat way and may even be Jim Jarmusch's most accessible film to date. I wasn't particularly happy with the ending which seemed more ambiguous than it had any reason to be. Overall, I would certainly recommend it as an interesting movie worth watching although I'd rate it a notch below Jarmusch's superior Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

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