Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial with The Last Face, veering between gauzy impressionism and shrieky melodrama with his latest directorial effort. Characters are undeveloped, dialogue is platitudinous and insincere, and even the leading roles are one-dimensional.
The Last Face spends so much time on the on-again, off-again romance between Bardem's Miguel and Theron's Wren, the African victims are all but nameless and faceless backdrops. This romantic war drama -- Sean Penn's fifth feature film as director -- is an all-around dud. It's poorly shot and edited, crushingly heavy-handed, woefully misguided, and, to top it off, miserably long. Oscar-winning actors can't save this movie, which muddles through a dismayingly impressionistic first half-hour, before settling into a standard star-crossed romance.
The jumps in time prevent us from getting closer to its characters, and it is easy to understand why so many people hated this film when we see a cheesy love story between a white couple made more important than what there is to say about the horrors that happen in Africa.
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Youth Orchestra Conductor Anna Strelkov Kids say No reviews yet Add your rating. There are even moments approaching genuine-albeit-unintentional camp comedy; consider a scene in which the two leads flirt via aggressive, flamboyant brushing of their teeth. The Last Face Amid disemboweled Africans, constant warfare, and secondhand stories of women watching their sisters get raped and murdered, Miguel and Wren become increasingly consumed by each other in love and outrage. Did you successfully avoid all of the past year's worst movies?
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See All Details and Credits. CineVue - John Bleasdale May 21, Penn's film doesn't entertain greatly nor does it have much coherent to say. Screen International - Tim Grierson May 21, The film is mostly unmoving, neither the romance nor the social consciousness succeeding in stirring our emotions. Even worse, Penn lets the plight of displaced Africans slip into the background, resulting in yet another well-meaning film that wants to address planetary ills by concentrating our attention on the good-looking outsiders who come in to save the day. Shedding light on world atrocities is vital, but spelling them out in neon is deadly.
IndieWire - Eric Kohn May 21, Even without its mopey, painfully on-the-nose dialogue and ponderous story, The Last Face sets itself up for failure with its premise, and Penn's apparent inability to recognize it as such. It's his worst movie.