Often an audience member’s interest in seeing a film is sparked by the actors who are starring in it, which can annoy some filmmakers as they see the idea behind the story and the filmmaking more important than the people acting in it.
I recently saw an interview with the prolific Hong Kong director, Tsui Hark, from the early 90’s when he was very anti ‘stars’. He said that people in the future would not care about the stars and would be more interested in the people behind the cameras and the story being told on screen.
This interview came around the time when he’d had a falling out with Jet Li, who he had made famous by starring in many of Hark’s films in the 80’s and early 90’s. However, looking at things today, I’d say that the people on screen are still the ones who draw the crowds.
This film, Cyrus, is a classic example, as the theme for the story seemed very simple but the all star cast couldn’t help but draw attention to it being anything but a simple movie.
This film reminded me a lot of the 2008 film The Promotion, which also had John C Reilly in the lead and was a really solid ‘dramedy’, which Cyrus is also. The acting line up was impressive and they didn’t disappoint, with everyone rocking their characters perfectly.
With a storyline that genuinely kept you on edge as you never really knew where it was heading, and even though the situation was a little over the top in parts, it still felt fully grounded in reality with how the characters reacted to the various situations.
This was a great film and I hope it finds a mainstream audience, even if only from people seeing it because of the stars on the screen.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!