Sunday, May 30, 2010

Solitary Man

Backed by a pedigree cast, Michael Douglas shines in this new Indie drama from writer/director Brian koppelman. Away from the trappings of Hollywood blockbusters, Mr. Douglas has always done his best work and come award season, he should not be overlooked for his work in this film. It is easily his best role in years.

Mr. Douglas plays Ben, a successful car dealership owner, who gets some alarming news from his doctor one day. It changes his life and not for the better. He becomes so self absorbed, he can't see his life unraveling before him and how he betrays and hurts the people in his life. Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Jesse Eisenberg are all family and friends impacted by Ben's downward spiral. It's particularly nice to see Mr. Douglas and Mr. DeVito together again in a film. They have a natural chemistry together and it's been too long.

This film is to Michael Douglas what "Crazy Heart" was to Jeff Bridges. He's not afraid to take risks here and immerses himself in the role of Ben with nothing held back. The story is not pretty, sad actually, but worth your attention to see an actor at his best.

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