Unless the studio replaced all the footage of the original cut with completely new material written and directed by Joel Schumacher, then there's only so much Schrader can blame on the retooling. Not a moment of the first 40 minutes worked before I turned it off, unable to watch perhaps our greatest living screenwriter and a one-time master director continue to debase himself so shamelessly.
The one minor laurel it deserves is the best diegetic explanation since Vampire's Kiss for…
Perhaps the most underappreciated Hollywood film of the last several years. A brilliant realization of a novel on the level of Gatsby, Lolita, and Sirens of Titan with career best performances from DiCaprio, Winslet, and the remarkable Michael Shannon. I've seen it only once since it's such a hard experience to relive, but it shook me to my core and hasn't left my thoughts for long since. In short, a masterpiece.
What would happen if you gave an angsty, misanthropic 14-year-old with no storytelling experience the opportunity to utilize sixth-rate community theater performers to act out his adolescent revenge fantasies and serve as a mouthpiece for his obnoxious rantings for nearly two hours? God Bless America.
Neither a dark comedy nor a satire (since both require some degree of humor), GBA is instead little more than being told things everyone already knows (Reality TV is stupid?! Fox News cynically riles people…