The Congress – Movie Review
Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Plot: An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
Review: For the most part, this film was hard to follow. On one hand you have an aging actress (Robin Wright playing herself) who has made quite a number of bad choices in life, and now in her 40’s, she finds that she has very little options left, especially in acting. While she may have the talent and experience, the ones who “rule the movie industry” want fresh, youthful actresses.
With little choices she has, she is given one option. Sign away her image to a film studio for them to “avatar” her likeness to be in any film they want her to be in. The catch? She herself needs to vanish from existence (so to speak). Acting is her passion, so giving up her image to be in films she otherwise would abhor, Robin makes the decision to give up the life of her alter-ego and live a somewhat normal life.
That is until 20 years later. We see her arrive at the entrance of Miramount studios (in the middle of the desert, mind you), where she takes a hallucinogen drug, and thus starts her 20-odd year journey as an animated character of herself.
The film had some interesting concepts, but the whole “reality meets cartoon land” has been done many times before “Cool World”, “Roger Rabbit”).
There were a few things which didn’t line up in this movie (such as when the film starts, she is 40-something, then 20 years pass before she returns to the studio. She spends another 20 years living as a cartoon character, then she decides to get it on with the avatar version of a guy who has been obsessed with her for 20 years (animated granny porn). When she decides to rejoin the real world, she looks no older than a woman in her 60’s.)
The film was interesting to a point. It wont win any awards, and as weird as I found the “this drug will make you trip out for a few decades” (that is one strong drug), the film itself did present a concept that may not be as far fetched as one may think. With technology advancing so rapidly, how long will it be until human actors are replaced with CGI perfect likenesses of themselves?
Think about that for a moment or two, while I drift off and imagine that I am a cartoon character living in Homer’s version of The Land of Chocolate 🙂
My Rating: 6.8