Vanilla Sky DVD
Starring: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, et al.
Director: Cameron Crowe
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Vanilla Sky DVD
What's happiness to you?..
I've heard a lot of people, including supposedly intelligent movie critics, call this movie "incohesive" and "incomprehensible." I hate to say it, but these people are either stupid or just not trying. I love some incomprehensible movies (Lost Highway, Angel Dust), but this just isn't one. Every detail of this movie fits into place. Everything makes perfect, logical sense. If you don't get it, watch it again. If you still don't get it, well, go back to your action movies.
This is not to say that Vanilla Sky is perfect. For all its virtues -- excellent soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, painfully evocative and emotion-wrenching writing -- it really does drag out its ending too long. I don't want to give anything away, but the very last part could easily have been clipped by five minutes, especially some of the "oops-it's-Hollywood-we-need-a-moral!" stuff. Other than that, though, one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen. Highly recommended to anyone with a taste for reality-bending and beautifully-resolved confusion.
Vanilla Sky reunites director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) with uber-playboy Tom Cruise, adds another sexy Cruz (Penelope) and Cameron Diaz for good measure, and delivers a wildly entertaining, bizarre venture into erotic science fiction. Adapted near exactly from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar's 1997 romantic thriller Open Your Eyes, the film follows David Aames (Cruise) as he falls from his graceful Manhattan perch of inordinate wealth, good looks, and newfound love with Sofia (Cruz) because of severe facial disfigurement in a car accident caused by a suicidal ex-lover (Diaz). What at first promises to be a conventional allegory of redemption via true love is turned on its head as Cruise's character, reduced to wearing a latex mask and spurned by his friends, wins back his princess only after a miracle of plastic surgery restores his former beauty. A series of plot twists follows as waking life, technological advances, and nightmares flip-flop to dizzying effect and David ultimately comes face to face with his own mortality. Despite a final conceit to some vague morality, the appeal of the film is the wonderfully callous message conveyed by the rest of it (money and physical beauty equal happiness) through an unabashed vanity perfectly embodied by Cruise and Cruz. A delicious, decadent treat.