“If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.” – Jackson Pollock
Number of Times Seen – Twice (Jan 2001 and 12 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Biography of the abstract painter Jackson Pollock who didn’t know how to communicate with the world around him, yet knew how to enrich his life with painting.
My Take on it – This is a film that tries to tell us how it could be possible for a man who obvious has many problems in his life could overcome them in order to become a more appreciated painter of abstract art.
They do a nice job showing us the creative process which sometime takes a long time to complete, yet with patience and perseverance it remains a possibility.
The main characters are developed well, but things still feel as if they could have delved even deeper into his personality in order to try and get an much better understanding of the path of his life and work.
Ed Harris both directed and acted in this film in the lead role and this is clearly a passion project for him.
He is able to show us the various hardships that he faced in life as he tries to make a name for himself in the art world.
Marcia Gay Harden is also great as his manager/wife who tries her best to keep an eye on him which staying on the right path in life that will hopefully lead to success.
Both Harris and Harden were nominated for Oscars for their respective roles (Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress) with Harden managing to take home a win for this performance.
Bottom Line – They do a nice job of showing the life and work of this famous abstract painter. We get to see the process that he needs in order to get his work done even if it takes much time. The film develops that main characters well, but we still feel as if things should have delves even deeper into the personality of Pollock in order to get an even better understanding of the his life and work. Harris is superb in the title role and really does an amazing job giving us an idea of the hardships he faced throughout his life. Harden is also great as his devout manager and wife who does the best she can o try and keep him on the right path that could eventually lead to success. Both Harris and Harden were nominated for Oscars for their respective roles and Harden was able to squeak out a win with her performance. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ed Harris’s father bought his son a book about Jackson Pollock simply because he felt Ed bore a strong resemblance to the painter. Ever since then, Ed Harris became fascinated with Pollock’s life. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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