Manglehorn Movie

In one of his more infamous reviews, Roger Ebert wrote “Only enormously talented people could have made Death to Smoochy. Those with lesser gifts would have lacked the nerve to make a film so bad, so miscalculated, so lacking any connection with any possible audience. To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.” This philosophy — which suggests only the most creative minds are capable of making the best and worst films — aptly describes Manglehorn, the latest film from director David Gordon Green. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, it’s damn near impossible to classify or categorize Green’s work. Varied and eclectic, the only throughline in Green’s career is that there’s is no throughline – no theme or aesthetic that ties his films together. A master in indiscrimination, one has to look no further than George Washington, Your Highness, and Prince Avalanche, all of which appear to have been created by an entirely different human being. Manglehorn does not buck this trend. Described as a “naturalistic fairy tale” by Green himself, the movie stars Al Pacino as the eponymous character — a forlorn man still working through the heartbreak of a woman he lost many years ago. Living alone with one (albeit estranged) son to keep him company, his only source of interaction is through his work as a locksmith and his banking transactions. Over the course of depositing money at the same bank on the same day […]



As excited as we all already were that David Gordon Green is getting back into making indie dramas with this year’s Prince Avalanche and Joe, and his upcoming project, Manglehorn, some new news has come along that has made the idea of getting to see Green moving back toward doing heavier material look even more promising—soon we’re going to get to watch the results of him directing Holly Hunter in a featured role. Today it was announced [via Deadline] that Hunter has taken the female lead in that upcoming, Al Pacino-starring drama, Manglehorn, which we’ve already heard a little about. Plus, in addition to Hunter’s involvement, the same report also says that Argo’s Chris Messina and Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine have joined the film in supporting roles. That’s a really talented but fairly strange ensemble that’s been put together there. Perfect for David Gordon Green.



A funny thing happens when you Google David Gordon Green. Buried down under the first page of hits for “David Gordon Green director” is a related search for “what happened to David Gordon Green” which, once clicked, spits out a litany of links to articles with titles like “Whatever Happened To David Gordon Green?” and “What the Fuck Happened to David Gordon Green?” As a fan of Green’s earlier works, I understand the sentiment – it’s hard to conceive that the filmmaker who made dramatic, nuanced works like George Washington and Undertow also made The Sitter and Your Highness. What the fuck indeed. But even the existence of something like Your Highness (a film I keep hoping to like, or at least to forgive) and The Sitter (a misfire in every way) shouldn’t stop a cinephile’s admiration and appreciation of David Gordon Green, because you can still always watch his hands-down, no-contest, modern classic gem of a movie, All the Real Girls.



Yes, that headline comes with a caveat. While fans of David Gordon Green‘s early work have bristled at his turn into more mainstream comedies (count me as one of those bristlers), the filmmaker has never denied that said comedies (like Your Highness and The Sitter) are more in line with his personal tastes and preferences. So, no, while Green might be “returning to form” after his comedic outings, that form is really the one we made for him. Let’s not fence Green in. But let’s also not try to hide our glee when he starts work on the type of film that sounds like it will fit in quite neatly next to Undertow and All the Real Girls. That possible next film? Manglehorn. What’s a “manglehorn”? Only a love story with a dark twist that could star Al Pacino. Not too shabby, eh?

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