14 August 2008

Henry Poole Is Here

Directed by: Mark Pellington
Written by: Albert Torres
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: D-

On director Mark Pellington’s official MySpace profile, “movies” ominously rank thirteenth on his list of general interests, several spots behind “eating in bed” and “massages”. And though on the same page he cites Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes, among other lofty directors, as his influences, his preference for backrubs over films shows in the cluelessly directed Henry Poole is Here. This is a step down even for Pellington, best known hitherto for poorly received thrillers like The Mothman Prophecies. While I encourage more movies with “Henry” in the title to offset the still-reverberating negative effects of 1986’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the sappy and patronizingly simplistic Henry Poole only makes the world’s Henrys, not to mention cinema itself, look bad.

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