sometimes the world makes perfect sense. i’m watching this movie without having any prior knowledge about its making, and it is quickly apparent that i’m not going to like it. there’s a certain poetic license gone too far, coupled with recycled themes and situations that just isn’t doing it for me. at the end of the film, it all becomes clear: it’s directed by cameron crowe. there’s something about the majority of this guy’s films that just does not work. there will always be some degree of craftsmanship in the writing, but it’s usually outweighed by his pretension or flimsy characters.
the film is essentially a mix of garden state and moonlight mile, also featuring susan sarandon. while neither of those were all that great, this one wasn’t as good as either. to make this as painless as possible: there’s little chemistry between bloom and dunst, it’s unrealistic and doesn’t function well on the poetic level, it’s pretentious and fails to be anywhere as good as it hopes to be. in this way it’s similar to almost famous, but less offensive and with a worse soundtrack.