One More Time as shallow as it is good-looking: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Christopher Walken plays a Sinatra-clone crooner named Paul Lombard, who chases skirt while also seeking a second chance with family and fans.

Doo-be-doo-be-don’t. Walken has rakish charm to spare, but he’s ill-matched with Amber Heard, who underachieves as Lombard’s angry and aimless singer-songwriter daughter Jude (cue “Hey Jude” jokes). The actors strike few sparks, even as combatants, but it’s not entirely their fault.

Writer/director Robert Edwards (Land of the Blind) provides scant evidence either Paul or Jude care all that much about their father/daughter tensions. They’re both too busy navel-gazing, in a picture that’s as shallow as it is good-looking (the Hamptons sure are nice).

Other family members — played by Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater and Ann Magnuson — orbit the pair with varying degrees of judgment. The harshest scold might be your own ears: Walken is a better dancer than singer and Heard has zero pop-chart potential. Their shortcomings are made plain in an on-the-nose duet of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid.”

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One More Time as shallow as it is good-looking: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Christopher Walken plays a Sinatra-clone crooner named Paul Lombard, who chases skirt while also seeking a second chance with family and fans.

Doo-be-doo-be-don’t. Walken has rakish charm to spare, but he’s ill-matched with Amber Heard, who underachieves as Lombard’s angry and aimless singer-songwriter daughter Jude (cue “Hey Jude” jokes). The actors strike few sparks, even as combatants, but it’s not entirely their fault.

Writer/director Robert Edwards (Land of the Blind) provides scant evidence either Paul or Jude care all that much about their father/daughter tensions. They’re both too busy navel-gazing, in a picture that’s as shallow as it is good-looking (the Hamptons sure are nice).

Other family members — played by Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater and Ann Magnuson — orbit the pair with varying degrees of judgment. The harshest scold might be your own ears: Walken is a better dancer than singer and Heard has zero pop-chart potential. Their shortcomings are made plain in an on-the-nose duet of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid.”

Toronto Star

One More Time as shallow as it is good-looking: review

Opinion Apr 07, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Christopher Walken plays a Sinatra-clone crooner named Paul Lombard, who chases skirt while also seeking a second chance with family and fans.

Doo-be-doo-be-don’t. Walken has rakish charm to spare, but he’s ill-matched with Amber Heard, who underachieves as Lombard’s angry and aimless singer-songwriter daughter Jude (cue “Hey Jude” jokes). The actors strike few sparks, even as combatants, but it’s not entirely their fault.

Writer/director Robert Edwards (Land of the Blind) provides scant evidence either Paul or Jude care all that much about their father/daughter tensions. They’re both too busy navel-gazing, in a picture that’s as shallow as it is good-looking (the Hamptons sure are nice).

Other family members — played by Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater and Ann Magnuson — orbit the pair with varying degrees of judgment. The harshest scold might be your own ears: Walken is a better dancer than singer and Heard has zero pop-chart potential. Their shortcomings are made plain in an on-the-nose duet of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid.”

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