True Story ★★½

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Jonah Hill and James Franco taking a step away from the comedy/ clown roles and into something a little more serious didn’t 100% work for me. While Jonah Hill delivered more than James Franco did, neither performance blew me away, which is disappointing when you’re watching two stars on screen. Rupert Goold’s True Story isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but it’s an okay watch with some pretty interesting ideas floating about.

When journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) lies in his latest piece for the New York Times he is fired and disgraced, unable to work his life seems to be going no where when suddenly a suspected killer uses his name as a alias. Eager to find out what is going on (and hoping to revive his career) Finkel goes to meet the suspect, Christian Longo (James Franco). As we’re quickly sucked into Longo’s story we’re all left wondering, well did he do it? And that’s not an easy question to answer.

True Story has some intriguing elements and there are many questions raised in this film that, in theory, could be interesting. True story is an exploration of the idea of truth. Searching to find out whether everyone’s story deserves to be told. And how can we uncover the truth, if there is such a thing? Unfortunately this doesn’t work well on screen, or perhaps it was just the pacing of the movie- I don’t know. Something just fell flat for me.

While True Story didn’t deliver as much as I wanted it to I have to admit I was still hooked from beginning to end. It’s a pretty decent ‘I have nothing else to watch’ movie, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to catch it.

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