Interesting interaction between characters
This film is about a top executive in a Hollywood studio being
threatened by a series of postcards. He kills his suspect accidentally,
and his life is never the same again.
"The Player" is somewhat engaging and thrilling, but that is not the
main selling point of the film. I find the interaction between the
characters more interesting. The movie executives are portrayed to be
egocentric and two faced. They never have time for anyone. The
passionless interaction between Griffin and Bonnie is the most
I am also impressed by the number of cameos in the film. It is almost
like watching a who's who! On my Hong Kong version VCD of the film, it
lists the stars as Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Whoopi Goldberg and Tim
Robbins. It turns out that Julia Roberts' role is a cameo lasting for
two minutes, while Bruce Willis' role is a minute shorter than that. I
know it is not the fault of the American studio, but I was disappointed
by the deliberate misleading information on the cover..
Robert Altman at his brilliant best.
After spending the eighties more or less in the Hollywood wilderness,
Altman came back with a vengeance in 1992, courtesy of The Player, his best
film since the mid 70's. What makes The Player such an outstanding movie is
the fact that it's not one, but many movies. You can enjoy it as a satire
Hollywood, but also as a romantic comedy or as a thriller. The script by
Michael Tolkin is crisp and witty and the performances of the actors are
just perfect, which is only to be expected from an Altman film. Especially
Tim Robbins shines, displaying charm en repulsion at the same time. Still,
we can't help but love his character. But the real star of the movie is
Robert Altman's direction. In less capable hands The Player might have
turned out a dud, but Altman, with his years of experience working inside
AND outside the Hollywood system, manages to poke fun at the right times
without being disgruntled. And then there is of course that wonderful
opening tracking shot, clocking in as a single take of 8 minutes plus. This
opening sequence is already up there with the likes of Omar Shariff's
appearance in Lawrence of Arabia and Jimmy Stewart's sense of Vertigo in
Hitchcock's film as one of the most audacious shots in movie making ever.
All in all, The Player is probably the best film to come out of the
and it has left an indelible impression on me..