Pollock, 2000. Three and a half stars.
Bud Cort’s in this??
Everyone was really good in this. I was pleasantly surprised by all the well-known actors in this, especially the ones playing well-known artists.
I like Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, and the idea behind and execution of his paintings and what they meant for the art world. But I didn’t know much about this personal life, so I couldn’t tell ya if Ed Harris got it right or not. This was an interesting movie though, and I liked it!
The choppy storytelling/timeline is pretty effective: It was like if Pollock was thinking back on his life, and only the most important, powerful parts to him popped up, and since it’s memory, it doesn’t flow perfectly together. It does, however, require more work for the viewer to become involved in the act of watching the movie, and there’s always the possibility of being confused and annoyed. I like it (I like being completely immersed in a movie), but I’m sure that if I were in a different mood, I could have lost patience with it.
There are quite a few “conversations” in this flick. I had a difficult time following the “blue painting” conversation, but I loooooooved the “Let’s Have a Baby” scene/speech.
It was sad to see Lee so fervently focusing on promoting Pollock's work rather than working on her own paintings (though to his defense, in the movie Pollock always made it a point that she has a space to do her own work in). Well, near the beginning of the movie, when he said “You’re a good woman painter,” I guess it set the tone for their whole professional relationship (and I wanted to hit him).
One thing I got sick of was the “stuff’s happening” music. UGH.
I’m pretty jealous that Ed Harris got to recreate Pollock’s paintings in front of the camera. How much fun is that? I’d like to find out that whole process.
Here’s a list of all the clothing items from this movie that I want, and where it can be found time-wise:
- The first cardigan seen in the Opening Scene
- Lee’s dress 55-ish minutes in
- The sweater at 1:29
Aw man, there were way more dresses in this movie that I liked, but I forgot to write them down.