Sunday, September 27, 2009
HYSTERICAL AND SAD
I absolutely loved Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! (A). The film is like an onion, and for me, will probably prove to be extremely rewarding upon multiple viewings. The screenplay by Scott Z. Burns is brilliant in many respects, and Matt Damon delivers what's probably the best (and my favorite) performance of the year so far. I'll have a full review soon, but this is a deceptive and tricky and sophisticated black comedy that's going to confound some viewers and delight others. Getting old-school Marvin Hamlisch to score the film (sometimes with a freaking kazoo!) is a typical Soderbergh move; this director continues to surprise with his bold filmmaking decisions. The Informant! is an extremely funny movie but in a very ironic, irreverent way; it's also completely terrifying in that you're basically watching a schizophrenic (yet genius) person flush their entire life down the toilet. Comparison's to Michael Mann's The Insider are appropriate but not entirely accurate. Sure, the landscape is big business and both films feature "whistle blowers" as their protagonists, but The Informant! struts its stuff as a devilish, Coen-esque black comedy, where as Mann's masterpiece was a journalism thriller on par with the likes of All the President's Men. In any event, The Informant! is yet another instance of Soderbergh taking wild creative chances, and having those chances paying off like gangbusters. Don't let this movie sneak by you.