Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Little Children (2006)
Little Children, like American Beauty (1999) before it, thinks it has something really deep to say about modern suburban life: things are not as they seem, there's something sinister just underneath the surface, etc., etc., etc. But without Kevin Spacey to entertain, all that remains is the unpleasantness and the contrivances.
Critics responded to the film's patina of seriousness, ignoring its conventional plot and heavy-handed symbolism. Meanwhile, they panned masterpieces like Sky High (2005), one of the best films of the '00s, simply because it is about a high school for teen superheroes.
And though Alan Smithee has admired Jackie Earle Haley since his unaffected performance in Breaking Away (1979), viewers should also take notice of Noah Emmerich's portrayal of the disgraced policeman. Astonishing.