Viewed – 04 February 2013 Blu-ray
As far as my knowledge of Roman Polanski stretches, several memorable films (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby) and something about him being banned from the United States is all that comes to mind. However, let us not forget that first and foremost he is a director and so we come to his latest offering, that is based on the play by Yasmina Reza.
Two slightly upper class couples come together one day to discuss what should be done following an incident where one of their children has hit the other in a near by park after a disagreement. This highly believable and surprisingly engrossing premise brings together four acclaimed actors, namely Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly as the one couple and Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz as the other … all big personalities where it’s our job to sit back and watch the fire works.
On a whole this felt very Woody Allen-esque in it’s comically tense and accurate observations. I found myself laughing, gasping and grinning throughout like that person at a party, not knowing where to look as others argue – a perversely entertaining experience aided by four decent performances by some of my favorites. OK, Foster goes a bit into overdrive after a while, and an increasingly manish Winslet fairs little better. Both however are over shadowed by the utterly wonderful Waltz and Reilly who prove a lot more interesting. At under 80 minutes this flies by, doesn’t outstay its welcome and is very well written … even if, perhaps like real life it doesn’t really get anywhere.
Verdict: 3.5 /5