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Sadly, the one 'professional' review of this film has been done by
someone who seems more interested in showing us he knows gossip about
Jeremy London. Am I expecting too much from a review site that exists
primarily to tell you where you can see naked celebrity bodies? That
was rhetorical. I, however, am more interested in the illustrious cast
member who he has not recognised (surely more important for a
reviewer?). Steven Berkoff has a long filmography and is one of the
greats of the English theatre. He is wonderful in the film and is an
amalgamation of every idea you have had about diva designers.
This is a black comedy and the premise is marvellous. Yes it is done on a shoestring and cleverly. Yes there is some over the top humour, but there is wit and depth here too. And the director shares his inside knowledge of the inanities of the modelling game. If you love America's Next Top Model for humorous reasons (and please tell me you do!) then you will enjoy this.
The bulimic and bisexual aspirant model Cynthia (Ivy Levan) is selected
by the famous fashion designer Claudio Vestiges (Steven Berkoff) to be
the star of the most expensive fashion campaign ever made. An
independent crew prepares a documentary about her, the new look in the
world of fashion. However Cynthia has an overdose and dies, but Claudio
decides to keep her face in the campaign paying a little fortune per
day and her agent Robert Baker (Jeremy London) prepares a contract to
be signed by her mother. Along the photo shoot, the photographer and
his crew have problems with the corpse and the model Brooke (Dawn
Olivieri) gives up to participate,.Now the only change to make it work
is the addicted and abused model Sabrina (Arielle Vandenberg).
I do not know how or why I saw "Drop Dead Gorgeous" to the very end. I made a mistake and thought this flick was the 1999, with the same title. "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (2010) sucks and is overrated, even with the IMDb User Rating of 2.7; surprisingly there are favorable reviews. This movie is neither funny nor a good critic to the world of fashion. After almost 93 minutes running time, I did not laugh not even once. My vote is one (awful).
Title (Brazil): "Lindas de Morrer" ("Deadly Gorgeous")
This is a funny but dark look at fashion photography. It can be pretty
confronting at times, but you certainly get the feeling the filmmakers
know this territory pretty well. It may take a while to warm to it as
it's a quirky set up - but it just gets increasing outrageous and
there's few sacred cows left standing at the end.
The cast are excellent. Steven Berkoff is really great as the Karl Langerfeld like fashion designer. Josh Cox - who you usually see as the nice guy - makes a great weirdo. Jeremy London,a morally ambivalent agent, also gets a meatier character than usual.
I notice a couple of the girls, and there's lots of gorgeous gals, have gone on with Dawn Olivieri (Heroes, True Blood) and Natasha Alan (True Blood) lading the charge.
Someone should show this to the all the super models! Actually, the fashion world in general.
I think the reason this movie has such a low rating (and some bad
reviews) is that it suffers from an *extreme* version of the
discrepancy between the actual movie and the movie that is advertised.
To look at the poster you'd imagine you're in for some sort of "Weekend
at Bernie's Fashion Week" or "Zoolander 2: Derelicte meets Dead". The
movie is good, but it's nothing like that.
The movie is a genuine black comedy. I'm a guy who likes his comedies laugh out loud (think "There's Something About Mary"), and this is not that type of comedy. It's amusing, but there's nothing especially laugh-worthy in it. This is, rather, absurdist comedy, the sort of thing you watch because you can't believe anyone would think that way and you want to see how much more awfully they will behave.
A movie that criticizes the fashion industry is not especially daring; what makes this one work is that the satire is so well-structured and, simultaneously, over-the-top but also completely organic. You don't see ham-handed rants against capitalism, modeling agencies and the rest (except for one rather ham-handed sequence against documentary film-makers); rather what you see is an oddly compelling story that just happens to show terrible things along the way.
One final reason to watch: the model star of the show, Cynthia, played by Ivy Levan, looks insanely like Jennifer Lawrence throughout the entire movie. It's uncanny, and I don't know to what extent it's deliberate, but adds well to the whole air of "reality but unreality" of the piece.
It carries the skinny, emaciated look of fashion models to its logical conclusion, that if corpse- look models are what the fashion industry wants, then corpse models should be even better. After having gone to that length, the comedy becomes even cruder, as all of the people involved have to deal with the physical problems of working a fashion shoot with a stiff, literally. The cast is over-the-top and the script so utterly far out there that it is totally hilarious.The mockumentary crucifies the empty imbecility of the very reason for the fashion industry, women trying to make themselves more appealing to men. This is a film for everyone who has looked at a fashion runway show and wondered, why anyone would ever wear THAT? Fans of Absolutely Fabulous will love this movie!
Although there is comedy and slapstick aplenty much of it is spot on.
I am close to someone who had a successful modeling career at the top, doing runway and print work in Paris and Tokyo.
I learned from her and her circle of model-friends, the ten commandments of modeling many of which are addressed in this film: You gotta be real young 16 is good 18-19 is middle aged When you turn thirty it's over You know you are nearing thirty when they want to cast you as a "young mom" The standard contract says dress down to a g string Count on doing a lot of walking around naked Count on having sex with a lot of very scummy guys to get from A to B Learn to purge, do drugs and smoke on demand so you won't be hungry Learn to starve and eat literally nothing for extended periods Light headed delirium is a way of life.
Models coming to the set nearly dead and/or overdosed is day to day.
You will be treated like an object in the most revolting ways, by EVERYONE.
If you were to die on the set, many of the things that happened in this movie could actually happen and I would bet that at some time they actually did happen(til the end of the shoot anyway). I wounder who the lucky girl was.
Think of all the dead stars that have better careers and management today than when they were alive.
This film speaks the deadly truth and manages to be hilarious at the same time.
There was another film with a similar name? Didn't see it. This was fun and funny, a little T&A, beautiful dead model. Lots of esoteric dialogue so if you're only into action and things that go "boom," this is NOT your movie. Interestingly shot: from a mocumentary perspective, so PAY ATTENTION, people! There were too many people in the film and I got some of the people mixed up at first. Berkoff definitely livened up the film as did the dead girl (no pun intended). Hey, it's hard to play dead...and look good too. So if you call that acting, then give kudos to her. Too many "lesser" roles could have been cut and the film would have moved along just as nicely. Who the hell was the necromaniac and do we really care? All in all, good debut for this new director/writer.
I like the other reviews I read, and I have to agree; this movie is quite entertaining! I like "dark" comedies and this one really fills the bill. I know this movie has the same title as one made a few years ago, but I understand that there are many, many movies that fall into this category. I don't think it can be helped, there are so many movies and so many titles, but this title is perfect for the script of this movie. I have never seen the earlier version of "Drop Dead Gorgeous" but I plan to see it, if for no other reason than to compare the two. I really like this version though. I especially liked the lead actress (Ivy Levan), who gets very little fanfare; I think she did a GREAT job in this movie, I hope to see her in more and more movies in the future, she's great.
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