Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 11 Review Cyrus

Cyrus has divorced John C Reilly and single-mum Marisa Tomei exploring a new relationship as her son Cyrus (played by Jonah Hill) attempts to sabotage it. Played for quiet emotional moments rather than large-scale comedy the film is moments of hit and miss.

Catherine Keener is fabulous as the ex-wife and Tomei is wonderful as the mother coming to terms with her overly isolated relationship with her son. Reilly and Hill struggle to emerge above their intense comedic backgrounds and play truly straight. The lack of clear direction and a decision on slapstick versus drama leave Cyrus hanging.

Watchable with some high-points but failing to really gel and take it over the top.

On a side note it is great to see Keener on film - always a delight I would love to see more films utilisng her talents.

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