Rebel in the Rye2017
Rebel in the Rye (2017)
Critic Consensus: Rebel in the Rye attempts to dramatize J.D. Salinger's life and creative process, but falters with a lack of dramatic impetus or a cohesive thesis about the reclusive author.
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For the film's UK release, nearly three years after its limited theatrical unveiling in the US, Spacey has unsurprisingly been scrubbed from its cover art. The same treatment should have been extended to the film itself.
Danny Strong's film suggests dramatic Tetris, and it leeches J.D. Salinger and his process of any mystery.
We see the young Salinger stuck at his desk lighting matches and throwing pages in the garbage. We see his trembling hand hovering above a page. There is sometimes music. When all else fails, there's a montage.
A faithful and often moving look in the life of J.D. Salinger, a warts-and-all portrayal that succeeds in large part because of a dynamically persuasive performance by Nicholas Hoult.
Nicholas Hoult leads a stacked cast in the biopic Rebel in the Rye, but the movie doesn't reveal much that isn't already known about the legendary J. D. Salinger.
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