Passion Play

(2010)

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Review: Passion Play

Transcript for Review: Passion Play

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Well, I can’t think of another movie we’ve reviewed on the show that’s left me quite as dumbfounded as our next film, PASSION PLAY, a truly weird story about a trumpeter, played by Mickey Rourke, who stumbles upon a desert carnival. There he spots a beautiful woman played by Megan Fox who also happens to have wings. 

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Together, the two run away to the City, where Rourke strikes up a deal with a Roy Orbison-like gangster played by, well, Bill Murray. 

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Murray, however, doesn’t really want a deal, and instead forces Fox to live with him, threatening to kill Rourke if she doesn’t.

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PASSION PLAY is the very definition of a cinematic curiosity: a movie that seems almost too strange to exist. It’s got an earnest shaggy-dog romantic vibe and though it’s frequently corny, it’s consistently weird; I can see it developing into a midnight movie someday. But weird doesn't always mean good or even interesting.You know I have to give this the gentlest of thumbs downs.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Yeah

IGNATIY:
Because it’s not a good movie, but I think it’s kind of fascinating.

CHRISTY:
My thumb is kind of, like, vehemently down because

IGNATIY:
Vehemently down

CHRISTY:
Because it is ridiculously, unintentionally, hilariously bad. Really, she has wings? There not even metaphorical wings they are real wings and she’s trapped in a cage.

IGNATIY:
Well she has real wings within a metaphorical plot.

CHRISTY:
Ugh, it’s so heavy-handed. And then she’s either trapped in a cage or trapped in a glass box or she’s on top of a roof. And she can’t really fly! She tries to fly and she can’t. And the green screen, I mean given who shot this Christopher Doyle.

IGNATIY:
Christopher Doyle is a great cinematographer.

CHRISTY:
Wong Kar Wai films, he’s very well known. Okay, the green screen on all of her like “I’m gonna try and fly on the rooftop” shots is so distractingly fake. It’s so bad.

IGNATIY:
There’s a naivety to this film that I find really endearing. I would describe it as unpretentiously pretentious.

CHRISTY:
Okay, Is that a compliment or what?

IGNATIY:
It’s not a compliment. It’s why I find it so fascinating. As I said, this is not a good movie.

CHRISTY:
Okay.

IGNATIY:
But there’s something perverse about me that I just enjoy thinking about the fact that this movie exists. That someone had this idea, let’s put Bill Murray in a hairpiece

CHRISTY:
But why must it exist?

IGNATIY:
And, and you know have him play a villain and, you know, Megan Fox, has these wings that keep changing shape and size because they’re poorly added in through CGI.

CHRISTY:
Oh, but the sex scene is so tasteful. Like when he is caressing her wings from behind with the sex scene. No they’re are all these really bad hackneyed noir types.

IGNATIY:
Mmhm

CHRISTY:
You know that they are all damaged but they find each other and like all of a sudden, Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox are in love like this because he plays really bad fake trumpet for her.

IGNATIY:
He really, he can’t mime.

CHRISTY:
Right, right.

IGNATIY:
It’s like he’s never seen somebody play a trumpet

CHRISTY:
But they shoot him from like here up the whole time so he never has, has to actually press any buttons.

IGNATIY:
Maybe his fingers don’t work anymore

CHRISTY:
Yeah, very, very confusing.