Small-time celebrity photographer Les Galantine has a big mouth and big dreams, but he can’t quite talk himself into the right parties to get that one great exclusive photo. He meets Toby, a homeless kid who is drawn to the bright lights of New York City and “hires” him as his assistant.
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Great performances from Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, but ultimately left me disappointed. What starts out as an interesting look at the lives of the paparazzi degenerates into a pretty basic satire of celebrity culture.
I feel the storyline has some strong milestones, but the links between them are week. The seemingly lousy takes perhaps were meant to be ironic. Subtly about true love, resentment and illusion, the more dramatic ending could do a better job delivering the messages (although I am personally fine with the ever-subtle narrative).
Michael and Steve were really good on this one... particularly Pitt! Althought, I feel the movie got disconnected with the inicial idea, and lost itself into the "scandalous life of the rich", instead of the original and fresh "way-to-live of Toby". Ultimately, it is fun and fresh
Michael Pitt's character is the anti-Brad Pitt drifter, endlessly good and humble in his dealings with women and in bettering himself. The rest was poor, I think it wanted to be offbeat but I'm not sure, as it was so boring and characters poorly observed and unfunny. Pitt's costumes made reference to GVS's Last Days for some reason. I recommend St Martin's Lane for a worthwile version of this tale.
A wholly predictable, by-the-numbers affair. The pleasant cast carries this one through for me but from beginning to end there's nothing here that's really worth while in the writing/directing department. If you're looking for a cutting view of celebrity culture look elsewhere...
I wasn't too crazy about this film once they focused more on the "rags to riches" bullshit. Buscemi's character's point of view is much more engaging and different, his being a paparazzi and all. They could have simply worked with that, and shown his interactions with celebrities for the whole movie. Maybe he could have built a portfolio on stars he knew before they were famous. Whatever. Overall, it was alright!