Now I know why I never heard of Ellie Parker before, it is best forgotten!
Ellie Parker (2005)
Directed by: Scott Coffey
Screenplay: Scott Coffey
Principles: Naomi Watts
Running Time: 96 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: "R" for strong language, sexual situations
I think that Naomi Watts is a very talented actress-Tank Girl (1995) aside-so I decided to explore more of her work before and after her turn in Mulholland Drive (2001) when I first took note of her. So when the critically acclaimed Ellie Parker (2001) came into my possession I decided to take a look.
Written and directed by the Scott Coffey, Ellie Parker chronicles the days and nights of struggling actress Ellie Parker (Naomi Watts ~ The Ring, 21 Grams, We Don't Live Here Anymore). That is pretty much it, there isn't much of a plot-line here...
Ellie Parker is a bore! It's hard to believe that the movie received two thumbs up from then Ebert & Roeper; were they watching the same boring yawn-inducing movie I was? As I stated at the outset of this review, I think Naomi Watts is a very talented actress, but this movie, was well (what's another word for boring?) uninteresting, tedious, and mind-numbing! So much so that half way through it I doubled the speed of the movie just so it would end quicker!
The whole of Ellie Parker, shot as it was on digital video with handheld cameras and extreme close-up's, feels as if we are waiting for the real movie to start. That the digital portion was Coffey roaming around town cashing in favors from his actor buddies and I was waiting for the move to get down to the business of telling a story. There was never a feeling as though I was watching a "real" movie. There was no plot; I do not find the real (fictional) lives of people I do not know all that interesting.
In the end Ellie Parker lent itself to no real insight into the subject matter it was supposed to be portraying. I learned nothing new; I might as well been watching paint dry! Watts was her usual self acting her butt of with the material she was given, but frankly the material was beneath her. Now I know why I never heard of Ellie Parker before, it is best forgotten!
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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