New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 102

Tarantino-esque ensemble crime dramas with non-linear storytelling , and prestige , non-horror Stephen King adaptations . Like so many of the former films , its non-linear structure comes off as clumsy , like a drunk telling a joke and having to return to earlier plot points they forgot to previously make us privy to , and its roster of characters aims for larger than life but lands as dull as ditch water . Like those King adaptations , it believes moody piano music and a soulful voiceover narration can make it seem somehow grander than it really is . Said narration is provided by Pollock himself , yet while he certainly has an ideal voice for it ( he sounds like Billy Bob Thornton drowning in chocolate ), the narration is mostly either pointless - telling us what we ’ re watching play out on screen - or lazy , filling in character ’ s emotional states rather than letting the actors and Campos ’ s direction fill in such details .

Tarantino-esque ensemble crime dramas with non-linear storytelling , and prestige , non-horror Stephen King adaptations . Like so many of the former films , its non-linear structure comes off as clumsy , like a drunk telling a joke and having to return to earlier plot points they forgot to previously make us privy to , and its roster of characters aims for larger than life but lands as dull as ditch water . Like those King adaptations , it believes moody piano music and a soulful voiceover narration can make it seem somehow grander than it really is . Said narration is provided by Pollock himself , yet while he certainly has an ideal voice for it ( he sounds like Billy Bob Thornton drowning in chocolate ), the narration is mostly either pointless - telling us what we ’ re watching play out on screen - or lazy , filling in character ’ s emotional states rather than letting the actors and Campos ’ s direction fill in such details .

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