Matthew McConaughey’s movie booed at Cannes Film Festival

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boos and cheers for Mass. films at Cannes Film Festival.

The actor, who won the best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyer’s Club in 2013, premiered The Sea of Trees during the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night, which was audibly slated by critics. CANNES: On paper, it looked enticing: A high-stakes drama of love and loss by Gus Van Sant starring Oscar winner Matthew McCon-aughey and Naomi Watts and mostly set in Japan. McConaughey’s career has been flying high since he bagged an Academy Award last year for “Dallas Buyers Club” and critical adulation for his role in the gritty television series “True Detective.” But his turn as Arthur, a bespectacled American mathematician who travels to Japan to commit suicide, looks to have been a career misstep. In the film, Arthur performs a Google search looking for “the perfect place to die” and ends up wandering through a dense forest near the foothills of Mount Fuji that attracts dozens of depressed people each year.

Through conversations and flashbacks, the film shows Arthur’s downward spiral back in Massachusetts with an alcoholic wife (Watts) and a stalling academic career. Plot twists that most viewers saw coming and a sentimental ending accompanied by swelling string music seemed to nix Van Sant’s shot at claiming a second Palme d’Or after his 2003 triumph with Elephant. Takumi leads Arthur on a rough hike that becomes a spiritual journey to examine where it all went wrong, complete with dialogue offering platitudes about science not offering all the answers to life’s questions. We enjoyed it.” Van Sant explained: “I read one review this morning and it was very definitive, I was imagining everyone was the same as this person so I thought, ‘Now we know where we stand,’ which was kind of nice.

McConaughey, sporting a bushy beard in Cannes, later brushed off reporters’ questions about the devastating critical reception. “Anyone has as much right to boo as to they do to ovate,” he drawled. “I love logic, I love science. Critics were up and down about the film, which stars Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Parker Posey, but Allen got a standing ovation at the premiere.

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