The Face of an Angel (2014)

The Face of an Angel
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Paul Viragh
Based on: Barbie Latza Nadeau’s book Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Genevieve Gaunt, Lucy Cohu, Ava Acres, Rosie Fellner, Sai Bennett
Seen on: 3.6.2015

Plot:
Thomas (Daniel Brühl) is looking to make a documentary about the murder of a young American exchange student in Italy and the ensuing process against her roommate and fellow exchange student and her boyfriend. Once in Italy he meets with journalist Simone (Kate Beckinsale), who has been covering the entire affair and wrote one of many books about the case. Thomas is looking for an angle to cover the story, which is particularly difficult since there are more opinions about the case, the quality of the police work and the guilt of the accused than can be counted. As he is working on that, he meets the exchange student Melanie (Cara Delevingne) who introduces him to her world.

I am unsure whether The Face of an Angel has the worst script ever, or just an extremely bad script. Either way, I hated it and the entire film with it.

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The Look of Love (2013)

The Look of Love
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Matt Greenhalgh
Cast: Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton, Chris Addison, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Shirley Henderson, Simon Bird, David Walliams, Dara O’Briain

Plot:
Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) makes his money with nightclubs, stripping, erotic dancing – basically women taking their clothes off. And he makes a lot of it, despite the controversy around his job. His wife Jean (Anna Friel) is fully supportive – until Paul leaves her to be with Amber (Tamsin Egerton) and fully enjoy the party lifestyle. While Jean goes to the US with their son, Paul’s daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots) wants to follow in Paul’s footsteps as he continues to build his naked women emporium.

The Look of Love has a good cast but it has serious issues with focussing on the story they want to tell. It’s still rather entertaining, but it really didn’t blow me away.

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