What Just Happened? details
|Starring:||John Turturro, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Stewart|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted|
What Just Happened?
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Apr 2009|
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What just happened indeedBy Eyesrsore (23 reviews) from Glasgow , 22 Sep 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]I went along to see What Just Happened, which was probably the reaction of most of the audience. I've thought about it quite a bit and still don't really know what to make of it. I'm not sure at all that the makers knew what kind of film they were making. I thought the tone was all over the place, that the pacing was wildly erratic - in fact I think there's two different films in there trying to get out. I realise what they were trying to do, to make a film that shows someone with an incredibly busy life, full of stresses, trying to cope but for me it didn't work. For example, one of the first things he did was pick his two young kids, from his first wife, and take them to school. We never saw them or his first wife again. There wasn't even a reference to them in the remainder of the film.
I loved some of the scenes where he was trying to reconnect with his second wife. No spoilers, but there is a film in this alone. It just got cluttered up with ..... the clutter of the film. What was the reason for the manic scenes with Bruce Willis? He was a caricature of himself, as was the Director. The film could have done without them, it would then probably have been regarded as an 'intelligent satire ' on the film industry, instead it seems to be a film that lost it's way and ended up as drama that turned out to be a comedy or a comedy that turned out to be a drama but really is neither.
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De Niro RulesBy a customer , 01 Nov 2011De Niro doing some stuff with more personality than did when younger and playing blank-thug parts.Good performance again from the master
Life is a compromise.By MidnightMovie (76 reviews) from Kirkcaldy , 24 Apr 2011I think the reviews of this have been too harsh. This is a dialogue based film and if you like that kind of film you will probably enjoy this. De Niro is a producer and as such has a lot of money - but everyone else lives off him. He has power but relies on everyone else around him. In turn - everyone else relies on him but at the same time they all run him down. He in turn relies on other people and they repeatedly betray him. His whole life is one big co-dependent compromise surrounded by lies - underplayed in a very controlled way by De Niro. I enjoyed this film. I think if it had been directed with greater punch it could have been quite a classic film - but saying that makes me sound like one of the characters out of the film so I'd better shut up. I enjoyed it.
Get me my agent on the phone!By mp3cityguides (22 reviews) from London , 31 Dec 2010Robert de Niro is a film producer with a couple of ex-wives to support and a movie star (Bruce Willis) who requires even more TCL than his former spouses. We follow him as he races around Tinsletown attempting to put together his latest production and re-edit his last effort despite the best endeavours of it highly strung British director.
De Niros life of wheeler dealing and juggling people and projects is quite simply exhausting to watch. As a long time Hollywood A-lister, he obviously knows what hes talking about and the film avoids many of the clichés. But its still rather too self referential and the problem with de Niros character, like his colleagues and opponents, not to mention his ex-wives and current love interest is that none of them is really very likeable. Because they have no depth or redeeming qualities we really dont care about them.
Its very difficult to root for de Niro as he struggles to pull together his new movie or to care about whether he really does get back with one of his exes. If he really is such a player and a consummate professional our man would surely have something to say about this script.
What did just happen?By AnneinScottishBorders (33 reviews) from The Borders , 01 Dec 2010Sorry.
Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, John Turturro & the normally fantastic Stanley Tucci all had a brainstorm when they agreed to do this 'film'
1h 47m TOO LONG..By a customer from WALES , 27 Sep 2010What just happened....to 1 hour and 47 minutes of my time? Oh thats right, I just wasted it on watching this 'film' !!