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With all his experience in independent film and his reputation of finding really interesting projects, Steve Buscemi has taken the next step by writing and directing his own film, an adaptation of Theodor Holman and Theo Van Gogh’s Inteview.
Critiquing the give and take of celebrity journalism, Buscemi, who must have experienced similar situations first hand, guides the viewer through what should have been a quick interview. The film doesn’t openly attack the proliferation of celebrity news or gossip, but it heralds a warning that the facts acquired from such interviews are always manipulated by either the interviewer or the subject.
Buscemi’s performance as the uptight and at times desperate reporter is very good, even though
The really great part of the film is that Buscemi’s performance is pretty well matched by Sienna Miller’s performance as the seemingly vapid, self-interested actress. We can also see that Miller has infused the character with her own disdain for the paparazzi. As Katya’s personality is explored we see her develop into quite a complex character and Miller doesn’t miss a step.
Where the film is at its weakest is during the introduction, where the characters haven’t been defined and it’s hard to watch because they come off as such terrible people, and during the big reveal at the end. But even though the mechanics of the ending are a little sketchy, the meaning is clearly shown and is fitting.
The evolution of the characters is the meat of this movie and there is a feast in this movie. Both characters, though vastly different, work in industries that thrive on wits and out righting lying. Buscemi succeeds in adapting Interview retaining key points from the original and mapping out a few new twists of his own. This film was enjoyable and even a little thought provoking, so catch it in theatres or rent it in a few weeks. It gets a 7/10 or a three and a half out of five.