|Starring:||Matt Dillon, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly, Marisa Tomei, Marisa Tomei, Tony Lyons, Karen Young, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Apr 2006|
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hipBy andyknifton (98 reviews) from London , 30 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]After a luxurious and extravagant feast at the fabulously exclusive west end luncheonette pizza hut, I chipped down to the Curzon Soho to check out the adaptation of Factotum a book by solitary poet laureate of skid row Charles Bukowski. Its basically the story of an almost homelessly broke alcoholic writer drinking his way through a series of horrible jobs and grimy romances.
It was cracking.
Matt Dillon made an excellent Hank Chinaski, despite the potential for the character to be portrayed as either pitiful or loathsome, he brought a genuine warmth to the role. He moved and sounded exactly the way I imagined he should. He had Chinaski's world-weary monologue, and exasperated lumbering shuffle down. The only criticism that could realistically be made is that Dillon is just too attractive to be Chinaski (despite Dillon bulking up and looking as shabby and browbeaten as possible), but I think that the quality of his performance negates this issue (some of the flats he lives in dont quite look sh*tty enough either, but f**k it). The actresses performing the roles of the various bar wenches that our louche Lothario picks up are also superb; Lili Taylors twitchily desperate Jan, and Marisa Tomeis boozy gold digger living off of a slimy old man are both portrayed very convincingly.
Also on hand are a rotten chorus of gamblers, bums, agitated bosses, and sleazy b*stards. As a portrayal of grinding monotony and near poverty some may find this slow and depressing, but I found it funny, real, and engaging.
After the film I immediately nabbed a copy of post office.
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A bit puzzlingBy a customer from Glossop , 05 Jan 2009Liked Dillon performance, he convinced as Bukowski's alias Chinaski. I also thought that the plot was faithful to the book - with one BIG exception. The film has a contemporary setting whilst the original book is set before, during and after the Second World War and this timing had major implications for the plot.
Moving from job to job in the US from 41 onwards was far easier than it is today as so many posts had been vacated temporarilly by conscripts.
The book also works (albeit obliquely) as an account of the US working male's experiences in the 40s and this was completely disregarded by the fim makers.
Changing the time period was a strange decision (maybe financial?)
Dillon is not rightBy a customer from Glasgow , 19 Dec 2008An ok film but Dillon just does not portray Henry Chinaski in an approriate manner. He's too clean cut and it's as if he's trying to be sexy all the time...so wrong!
great, gritty, interesting, engagingBy rpopper65 (151 reviews) from London , 15 Oct 2008I liked this movie in the way that I liked 'Leaving Las Vegas', where a character that should be totally unsympathetic and unattractive becomes fascinating. It is based on a Bukowski story, so it of course involves a lot of alcohol and dark, twisted humor, but ultimately a great character study for everyon involved.
DriftingBy ameliewannabe (29 reviews) from Oxfordshire , 14 Jul 2008The style of this film is as driftsome (if that's a word?!) as it's characters. At times you feel detached from the content and at other times strangely in awe of a man so oblivious to social conventions - even if he does spend half his life in an inebriated haze. Matt Dillon is fantastic as seminal US writer Charles Bukowski's alter ego Hank, imbuing him with a more likeable quality than a less earthy performance may have been capable of. Lily Taylor and Marisa Tomei are good support but slightly marginalised, and whilst there are some very moody passages from the source material read with great power by Dillon, the film has a half hearted feel which doesn't do justice to an impressive lead performance.
Factotum - not as good as the bookBy a customer from London , 29 Mar 2008I love and laoth Buckowski. Some of his books, Ham & Rye, Factotum are insights into a man's life and often make me think, i'd rather like to bum around the country, writing and drinking without a care. I also share his horror of the 9-5 and so empathise with that.
I thought the film didn't really hit the note that he was a writer, a creative mind trapped in boring jobs, drinking and womanising to have a release that he couldn't get thru writing as no one would publish him. The frustration that comes out in the books wasn't really felt here. It felt much more like he was just another lazy loser, drinking and hiding from the world and responsibility rather than a frustrated artist.
But as a film, with no other knowledge of the works of Bukowski, it was all right and Matt Dillon captured the slouching, careless persona.