Friday, July 15, 2011

The Cat's Meow (2001) [PG-13] ****

Did something tragic happen on William Randolph Hearst's yacht Oneidain 1924? We'll never know for sure, but The Cat's Meow offers one possible scenario. There are outstanding performances by Edward Herrmann as Hearst and by Kirsten Dunst as actress Marion Davies, Hearst's mistress. However, Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin was lackluster, especially when compared to the Oscar-worthy portrayal of Chaplin by Robert Downey, Jr. in Chaplin. Worse, the film's pacing was far too slow, especially the third act which should have been more powerful, emotional and fast-paced.

This period piece will mainly be enjoyed by viewers who are intrigued by Hollywood history, as well as fans of the radiant Kirsten Dunst. And, for those of you who enjoy watching Miss Dunst, I can highly recommend Wimbledon in which she and Paul Bettany have terrific chemistry in a tennis-themed romantic comedy-drama, as well as Elizabethtown in which she and Orlando Bloom have equally terrific chemistry in a romantic comedy-drama about giving life and love a second chance. 

Label: drama     
Internet Movie Database     
Metacritic 63/100     
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=65, viewers=62)

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