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Someone must have the bravery to put down a couple of lines about this film, I'll sacrifice myself. A couple of hours ago I run into Plush, I've seen the trailer, and it looked alright, I've checked the director, and I just flicked Lords of Dogtown, so I went ahead unaware of how many films Hardwicke screwed up in the last 8 years or so. Plush is about a young rock star wretched for the lost of her beloved brother; insecure about her talent, she seeks comfort in her new guitarist,Enzo, whom seems nice, just a little weird he's going to turn eventually in the obsessed kind of lad... His rebus dictis, here we come to the sore point: this film is trite-fair, just a bunch of cliché about showbiz, bisexuality, daddy issues, Oedipus complex, being a nobody-gets-me artist, sex, drugs and so on. Samuel and Browning seemed to try hard but their efforts was cut short by the nonsense and the absurdity of the script, and that's a pity, because Samuel was really good as Ian from Adore and Browning knows how to get her job done. Photography wasn't that bad for at least 40 minutes, but when the film turns out to be a thriller or sort of, everything starts to sink.Even the music was annoying. The director puzzled me with nonsense addiction of black and white footage,predictable camera moves, some shabby light filter. Properly cut and edited,this film could have been a really good video for MTV, but nothing more.
Considering this was made by the same Hollywood "talent" who birthed
(or at least mid-wifed) the sheer dreck that is the "Twilight" series,
I found this surprisingly OK.
The story involves a brother and sister rock-and-roll act (kinda like the real-life White Stripes). The brother overdoses on heroin while the sister (Emily Browning) gets married and starts a family while trying to continue the band. She becomes drawn though to the new androgynous guitarist, who strongly resembles her brother, and who at first she believes to be gay. Soon they begin a full-blown affair and things take a darker turn.
I have to admit that I could watch Emily Browning clip her toenails or do her taxes for 90 minutes. Like Juno Temple or Rooney Mara or in some ways even Evan Rachel Wood (who was originally cast in this), Browning has made a lot braver choices than most of her Hollywood peers (like spending a good part of "Sleeping Beauty" in the nude), but it hasn't really paid off for her yet. This movie probably won't either since it doesn't have Byronic vampires, hunky werewolves, a big Hollywood budget, or a PG rating. It also has music that actually resembles genuine rock and roll as much as modern-day emo and is certainly as far away as possible from the saccharine pop/dance music you're likely to hear these days. Director Catherine Hardwick does continue to fetishize the young bodies of the two male leads in a way that modern-day feminists would take a middle-age male director to task for if the genders were reversed, but so what? If they had to do a life sentence in prison, even most heterosexual men probably wouldn't mind sharing a cell with the pretty boy who plays the guitarist (if Emily Browning wasn't available, of course).
Browning is quite good in this. Hardwick has some trouble shaking off the big-budget shackles of the "Twilight" series and returning to her indie roots with a film not exclusively aimed at teenage girls and their mothers (and since even her indie roots were mostly just the indie teen movie "Thirteen", she might be in totally new territory here). But this film is not that bad overall.
Wow reading some of the reviews in don't understand how this movie was
slammed. I think the biggest flaw was the marketing. Just look at the
cover. If you judge it by the cover I can see not giving it a chance.
But believe me this movie was more then you'll ever bargain for.
A movie does a few things that make men like it. Such as keeping my interest for the entire time and not being able to get up out of your seat. Plush did that for me. The acting was great the story was great and everything else. I would of spent money to see this especially if more money was spent on marketing and I wouldn't if been disappointed and neither would you. Give it a shot.
Overall, 'Plush' was executed nicely and paid homage to the artsy
horror genre, without unnecessary gore and clichés. The camera work was
easy to follow and the cinematography was innovative and visually
interesting. Costumes and set was realistic and creative.
The plot was highly dramatic and ridiculous, yet believable, which made the movie enjoyable and not cringe-worthy. The use of foreshadowing was implemented and served as a clever way to give audiences a chance to work out the twist before it was exposed at the end of the film.
On a down-side, I found that the casting for some roles was slightly unbelievable: Cam Gigandet and Emily Browning had sparse chemistry, and I found their relationship as husband and wife a bit unfeasible. Otherwise, casting was accurate and all actors played their roles effectively.
The film was highly sexual in some scenes, which put me off slightly, but was still necessary to the plot, which made the nudity and sex scenes bearable.
2 points for actors and casting
2 points for cinematography and visual components.
1 point for realistic and natural script.
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The draw of Plush is Emily Browning and Dawn Olivieri, from House of
Lies. This is despite Emily Browning being more miss than hit with the
most recent titles I've seen her in, and with me not being very
familiar with Olivieri's work outside her role in House of Lies. Still,
a fan is there for the bad movies and the good ones, so let's see what
this one was.
Now, the film is about the lead singer of the band Plush, Hayley (played by Emily Browning) and the rise and fall of her career after her brother Jack (played by Thomas Dekker) OD's on what looks like heroin. After his death, Hayley's band is a mess mostly due to the album after Jack's death being terrible. Being in a rut, Hayley begins drinking and smoking heavily and begins to get close to new band-mate Enzo (played by Xavier Samuel). Enzo makes for a decent makeshift Jack and begins inspiring Hayley, and getting involved in her family life. You see, Hayley is married, with two biological kids and one from Carter (played by Cam Gigandet), her husband's last relationship. This doesn't seem to matter though for the music Hayley makes with Enzo is toxic and the type of edge she has lost since Jack died. But, while Hayley is getting a lot out of her relationship with Enzo, including sex, we learn that Enzo has long planned to become a close partner of Hayley.
Which leads me to the positives of the film, of which there are honestly few. Once again, Emily Browning sort of leads you to question if she is meant to be a leading lady for, while she is cute, she doesn't necessarily demand your attention on screen, and even her stage presence as a musician is nil. However, I must admit that some of the songs featured in the movie are likable enough to perhaps download some, if the film has an available soundtrack.
But, I must say this film didn't properly setup things, and for thriller type films, this is something really needed. Often in the film, you have waning interest and the sad thing is the film starts off alright, not great but alright. It begins making you think it is going to do things interview style, and while it is in this narrative, it works. However, once it is revealed it isn't going down that route, things begin to falter a bit. It then tries to revive things by using the occasional sex scene to get you back, or a video of something violent, and at that point it just feels like they are becoming desperate. And again, they have a plot which could have been interesting, but it is mishandled in such a way where it feels like someone just wanted to get the film done. Not make it good, average, or anything close to acceptable, but just done.
Overall: Skip It
Rarely do I ever say to skip a movie, but I was so utterly disappointed by this film that I can't recommend it. Films like these test your loyalty to an actor or actress, and really are the type of movies which I'm sure makes critics want to find a new line of work. Still, if there is one thing I may recommend, I would say to lookup the music of the film since it may fit the taste of somebody out there. I was kind of digging it.
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Catherine Hardwicke movies are generally fast paced and feature
attractive young leads. This is no exception. This is her venture into
a more grown up darker fatal attraction type thriller movie.
The story is about a rock singer (Emily Browning) married to a loving husband (Cam Gigandet) with a couple of kids. Upset over the overdose death of her brother (Thomas Dekker) she falls into an affair with her new guitar player (Xavier Samuel) who turns out to be obsessive.
Emily does quite a good job here and her character seems quite sympathetic even though she is the unfaithful one. Xavier Samuel is unrecognizable as the bisexual cross dressing villain.
The story tries to show some excessive rock star lifestyle with the sex drinking etc. It isn't totally convincing but it's adequate for this kind of movie.
Overall it's a little predictable and the ending is a bit formula. Nothing very ground breaking here. But the watchable ex Twilight and similar type cast makes it worth one viewing.
Catherine Hardwicke's latest venture echoes back from a not so distant
memory, the mega-hit "Twilight". Not just because of the casting two of
its memorable villains - Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel, the latter one
wasn't directed by her in the third film - but because it deals with a
female divided between two men. On a "real" level this time without
vampires and wolves this is also a story about obsession confused with
love, adoration confused care. "Plush" carelessly enters into the world
of Pop/Rock stars where sometimes average bands like the one presented
in the movie can make it big in business by composing mediocre songs.
And it's in that world that everything takes place: life changes to
lead singer Hayley (Emily Browning) when she decides to keep moving
with her band with a new guitarist, Enzo (Samuel) after the former
member and her brother (Thomas Dekker) die of an overdose, creating a
huge block on her since they were great together as a band.
It turns out that the new member proves to be a good thing at first. Slightly resembling the deceased brother (in my view, the movie keeps hitting a possible incestuous relationship between bro and sis, left in the air), Enzo is another source of good inspiration for the girl who gets the band back on the run, finally releasing new material. But they're involvement it's much more than just sharing the stage and the microphone, they have an affair. If only one of the involved could keep it lightly...Hayley happens to be married with another man (Gigandet), a good guy who takes care of the kids while she's on tour having great experiences with this mysterious man. But just like many of her fans, Enzo reveals to be a bit obsessed with Hayley and already makes plans to live with her and get rid off everyone against his plans.
Don't get me wrong but what I've seen some traits of "Fatal Attraction" but slightly reversed, expanded to cause damage to another characters outside the trio and more daring in some aspects. It goes wrong with the clichés involving rock stars, fame, sex, drugs and rock n'roll with no brains, dark secrets, those are sickening to endure; then it jumps scenes that would be beneficial to the story/plot line awfully rushed and leaves unanswered questions (which might be answered in the tie-in novel, released a few months before the film).
Why I liked "Plush"? First of all, I want to be a contrarian since most of the opinions trashing the film are missing everything. Missing the point, missing the fun, overlooking the negative stuff as if qualities weren't existing. OK, in terms of suspense is quite lifeless and overdone but gotta admit there's something in it that compels you to watch it. And if it's not the 'what comes next' kind of effect, slightly predictable in almost every movie out there, at least it's because of one character and his twists. The majority of characters here (Hayley included) are really disposable, or lacking in something to make us care but the transition between guitarists and their persona (at first similar, then reversely changed) is what makes this going. Too bad the only good guy in the movie, Thomas Dekker, didn't have an appropriate timing in the movie but his replacement works nicely. Xavier Samuel is the man and Enzo is definitely the reason why this movie is something else more than just a gathering of clichés. He's not much of a blessing, just helpful when in need of a whether a musician/composer to help with her songs or a sexual partner but definitely a curse in disguise just waiting the perfect moment to shatter her settled family life. He's magnetic and knows how to seduce; but it was a bit odd to see his terrifying side. One more positive point: finally Cam is not playing a villain, was about time. It's a personal matter of his in choosing dark roles but I guess he trusted the director enough to accept the family man role. Simple, quite weakened but different.
"Plush" shouldn't aboard too many topics at the same picture cause in the end it hurt the intention of knowing what's more important: the marriage going downhill, the new relationship that could never exist or the forgotten issues with the band. The final image (a hateful one I must say) pounders that the thriller must prevail. Very enjoyable and undeserving of the bad-mouthing is getting. Guys simply didn't like this concept. 8/10
The story is mediocre, the acting is bad, the amazing thing is that a "star" in the pop can become such writing songs that bad, but well ... in reality would have it, so that part is unacceptable .... is offered as an erotic film, but it is not, if your idea is to see the film to create a good climate for having sex ... you're wrong. If you're picky this film is not for you, if you want to hang out is acceptable. It is possible to see, I give it a 5 . The story is mediocre, the acting is bad, the amazing thing is that a "star" in the pop can become such writing songs that bad, but well ... in reality would have it, so that part is unacceptable .... is offered as an erotic film, but it is not, if your idea is to see the film to create a good climate for having sex ... you're wrong. If you're picky this film is not for you, if you want to hang out is acceptable. It is possible to see, I give it a 5
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