Sundance: Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall take Vegas
Salon.com - about 5 years
PARK CITY, Utah — I think the fairest way of summarizing what I have to say about the new Stephen Frears movie “Lay the Favorite” is that people watching it on airplanes next fall will be pleasantly surprised by it. Anchored by an amped-up performance by <a class="fplink fp-657346" href="/Rebecca+Hall+1">Rebecca Hall</a> that you’ll either find endearing or massively irritating, along with a genial supporting turn from <a class="fplink fp-37882" href="/Bruce+Willis+1">Bruce Willis</a>, this is a mid-level crowd-pleaser, superficial light entertainment delivered by professionals. There are worse things. If you hear people struggling to compare “Lay the Favorite” to Frears’ 1990 hit “The Grifters,” pay no attention. Those of us who still venerate Frears as a pioneer of British indie cinema in the ’80s pine for him to have higher goals than a ditzy true-crime romp, but maybe that’s our problem rather than his. Continue Reading...