Cyrus is a movie that flourishes as a warm feeling of both solitude and gratitude. At first I thought the story is just another dark drama but at the end it turned out to be a dark dramatic comedy. Of course the premise is kind of silly and unnatural since you are left in the middle of the story too fast with too little to follow but in time, the great execution raises the quality of the movie. It's not a great film, dazzling visually or incredibly expressive but it's that perfect B kind of movie. It's there, for everyone who wants to just experience and feel various ways in 90 minutes. Cyrus (Jonah Hill) is this 22 years old guy who has unexplained personal problems and issues with accepting someone else besides his real father into his own space. He feels cheated and pushed away so he acts "psychologically" violent towards the so-called "invader". The invader is one "John" (John C. Reilly) who happens to be as his name describes him, "usual", simple, conventional, heart-broken, after a 7 years divorce living a dark segment of his life but he finds hope and personal resurrection after he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei), which happens to be Cy's mother. The conflicts begin immediately because of the sudden changes that are happening caused by John's interaction with Molly's "world". He finds that world, that place called "home" to be different from the usual, to be unconventional although very formal. Because of this the "duel" between Cyrus and John starts and thanks to Jonah Hill we got our moments of comedy spread between tears and kisses.
John C. Rilley manages to pull a very honest performance portraying a lonely amateur of life, a sad but down-earthed "Shrek" in reality. He knows the balance of his character, knows his moments of anger, frustrations but also his moments of calm and happiness. His muse, Molly, is acted by Marisa Tomei which is not only beautiful by a natural born actress. He shows us the conscious mother, she divides herself between being a party-girl and being devoted to his son. She clearly has that mother's intuition but she dives too much into her son's personal problems, doing a mistake by later being blinded by the truth. Jonah Hill as Cyrus is very good, he is a guy with sense of humor but also someone who deals with personal frustrations and he is obviously not just scared by a new beginning but he is also angered at it.
Technically the movie sits pretty well combining handy-cams with normal shots, cinematography is pure and honest, nothing impressive so it cannot take your eyes away from the story. I did not even noticed the soundtrack at first but then I got it and I was glad to not hear band songs or any other modern crap like that. The problem with the story though, like I said, it's that it just happens to quickly which makes the movie lose points in realism but at the end you might find yourself enjoying this since it has both great execution and great acting.
John, a middle-aged down-on-his-luck divorcee, meets a beautiful woman he thinks is way out of his league. Improbably, she digs him. The only trouble is her adult son, who just can't let go, and she doesn't seem to see a problem with their total lack of boundaries. The Duplass brothers follow up their quirky independent films The Puffy Chair and Baghead with an off-beat romantic comedy. While more conventional than their earlier efforts, and with a bigger … more
CYRUS Written and Directed by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass Starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener John: I know you’re not supposed to say this but I really like you. Is it crazy for me to say I want it to work out? Love is tricky to figure out, to piece together so that it actually works out for all parties involved. Love is particularly tricky when you’re middle-aged, have been single for seven years, you’re … more
If there ever was a movie for which the viewer needs to adjust their expectations before going in, it's CYRUS. The trailers for the film imply a small, but funny & antic comedy with Jonah Hill (SUPERBAD), John C. Reilly (STEP BROTHERS) and Marisa Tomei (MY COUSIN VINNY). Why did I pick those movies to put next to each performer? Because those are the kinds of performances that the trailers imply you will see. Instead, we get a small, wry and occasionally uncomfortable drama … more
Mumblecore auteurs the Duplass brothers (Baghead,The Puffy Chair) dip their toes in the precarious waters of Hollywood by casting well-known actors inCyrus. But their devotion to clumsy, uncomfortable people remains: John (John C. Reilly,Step Brothers) has barely left his apartment in the seven years since Jamie (Catherine Keener,Lovely & Amazing) divorced him, so Jamie demands he come to a party--where, miraculously, he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei,The Wrestler), who seems like the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately, Molly comes with some baggage: her 22-year-old son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill,Superbad). To say Molly and Cyrus are close is an understatement, and John finds himself in a battle of wills with Molly as the prize. The Duplass brothers seek a kind of cinematic simplicity--to call it purity would be too highbrow for these aggressively pedestrian filmmakers--and when it works, it brings the viewer in intimate contact with life in its ordinary, essential glory. When it doesn't work, it's just dull. Despite its flatfooted plot,Cyrusworks pretty well. The higher caliber of the cast helps--Reilly, Tomei, Hill, and Keener are all excellent, and much of the movie is genuinely funny. Don't expect elegance, but sometimes, something plain can please.--Bret Fetzer