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‘The Words’ lacks conversational value

The Words lacks conversational value

by Sumner Strickland | Entertainment Writer

It seems Bradley Cooper has begun his spiral downwards, with “The Words”. The film has a decently placed cast, with the exclusion of Olivia Wilde who it seems like whenever she shows up its going to be a detrimental failure. But the cast can’t save this movie.

Rory and Dora find a briefcase containing a literary masterpiece that may solve Rory’s setbacks.

In “The Words” Bradley Cooper plays Rory, an aspiring writer who’s trying desperately to get his novel published. Broke, with his girlfriend Dora (Zoe Saldana) her father (J.K Simmons) offers Rory a job as mail supervisor at a literary agency. Eventually Rory and Dora get married and go honeymooning in Paris, where while at an antique store they find a briefcase. On therir way back to America, Rory finds a beautifully written manuscript in the contents of the briefcase. What’s going to happen next?

Now the story is cliched from the get go. Writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal lack a creative edge and instead stick to the straight and narrow. Nothing really happens for a long time then finally Jeremy Irons comes out and tells everybody what we already know that Bradley Cooper’s character stole his work; it’s just a lot of sitting and waiting.

The biggest problem with the movie is they are shooting for the Oscars so bad and you can tell, especially in Bradley Cooper’s performance. It saddens me terribly to see J.K. Simmons subject himself to this, he could be one of the great American actors but instead for now is just in the norm. But all the blame lies in the films directors/ writers, who put forth as little effort as possible to make us care or even flinch when something happens to anyone of there characters.

But the movie has one small saving grace which is Jeremy Irons who actually seems like he’s trying and not over trying or underachieving, like most of the cast.

But that is a small praise, overall this shouldn’t be viewed by anybody; but if you disagree and want to throw yourself into a 96 minute waiting room, be my guest.

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‘The Words’ lacks conversational value