Being Julia (2004)


“I’ve lived in the theatre since I was a kid, what I don’t know about acting isn’t worth knowing. Now, you may be 20 years old and just beginning, but I think you’re a genius. You’ve got magnetism, but no idea how to use it. You have to grab the audience by the throat and say “Now, you buggers, you pay attention to me!” and remember this, when you’re on the stage acting, theatre is the only reality, everything else, the world outside, what civilians call the real world, is nothing but fantasy and I bloody well won’t let you forget it.” – Jimmie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A popular actress during the 1930’s gets disillusioned with her work and decides to take a break from her career to try and “recharge her batteries.”

My Take on it – This is a film that I had high hopes for due to the fact that Annette Bening received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her lead performance.

Unfortunately, she is the only (slightly) good thing about this film eventhough it’s quite difficult to care about her character or anything she does.

The story itself doesn’t feel unique enough and instead seems to rehash so many other attempts at a similarly themed storyline.

Besides Benning, the rest of the cast is quite talented and that makes this film feel like an even bigger disappointment especially with the likes of Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon and Bruce Greenwood in key roles.

The way that the main character tries to figure out her life has potential for a good story, but this story keeps getting bogged down by attempts to make things try and seem more important than they really are.

Bottom Line – Pretty boring film that just doesn’t work as well as one would hope despite a very talented cast. Benning is good in the lead, but it’s really hard to care about her or anything that really happens around her.  The story doesn’t feel unique enough and instead seems like a rehash of so many other similarly themed stories.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Miranda Richardson was originally attached to play Julia Lambert. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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