Twixt (2011)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) is a writer of mystery novels and pretty much down on his luck. And he’s also an alcoholic who gets by by doing book-signing tours in small towns. In one of those small towns, Hall meets Sheriff LaGrange (Bruce Dern) who would like to co-operate on a book about murders that happened there. Hall is not really into the idea, but then he starts to have vivid dreams involving V (Elle Fanning) and it all seems connected.

Twixt was apparently based on a dream Francis Ford Coppola had and you can feel that, which makes it a strange little film. But it’s one that I did enjoy a lot.

You know what usually happens when you tell somebody your dream (or vice versa): the other person more often than not will not really get it and the dream logic doesn’t generally translate well to story telling. But Francis Ford Coppola managed to keep the dream logic of his story, and have it be an engaging, well-told story at the same time.

And it looked really pretty and very stylish. Especially the dream sequences were wonderful, but also in “real life” there were many beautiful moments. Plus, I thought it was fun how he handled the 3D – there are only a couple of scenes in the film that actually are 3D and they are marked by huge 3D-glasses laying themselves over the screen. Might be simple but did make me giggle.

The cast was generally very good, especially Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern, but also Ben Chaplin. Unfortunately Val Kilmer couldn’t really keep up with them, but that’s also because his character was just such a flat stereotype. I mean, he basically made an appearance in every Stephen King novel (and the adaptations thereof) and that’s only what comes immediately to mind.

And the movie did have some lengths, though it never really got entirely boring (and it actually was really short). And while that does mean that there was room for improvement, I did like it.

Summarising: Very good, just not woah-how-great.


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