LIFE opened in Australia today and hopefully all the ROBsessed Aussies are too busy watching the film over and over again to read this fantastic review from FilmInk (Australia):
As a few recent, highly effective true life movies (My Week With Marilyn, The Queen, Capote) have shown, sometimes the best way to capture a real figure on screen is by honing in on a short, specific period of their life, rather than getting caught up in the tripwires of hitting every significant point in their personal history. Life – the latest film from extraordinary photographer turned equally impressive director, Anton Corbijn (Control, The American, A Most Wanted Man) – prescribes intelligently to this model, taking one brief, essential moment from the all-too-short life of movie icon, James Dean, and investigating it with astute precision.
Life documents the beginnings of what would become the important friendship of fifties figurehead, James Dean (hot up and comer, Dane DeHaan, makes his all-too-recognisable character a truly mercurial and utterly absorbing creation), and Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson proving, yet again, to all the doubters that he is, indeed, a highly accomplished and charismatic performer), the young photographer from Life Magazine whose stark, beautifully composed black-and-white images of the rebellious actor are among the greatest celebrity portraiture ever committed to film.Proving yet again, indeed.
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LIFE releases Sept. 25th in the UK/Ireland/Turkey, Nov. 6 in Canada and Dec. 4th in the US. More release dates can be found on our sister site sidebar.