Directed by Rupert Goold
A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
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★★★½ review by Nate Richard on Letterboxd
"Sometimes the truth isn't believable. But that doesn't mean that it's not true."
True Story is the most under appreciated films of 2015 thus far. It's very well-acted, intriguing, creepy, and has solid directing. Seriously this doesn't deserve the mediocre reviews it has been getting.
Jonah Hill does a very good job in the leading role. He shows that he can do well in a dramtic role without being comedic. James Franco is fantastic and he's very creepy and makes the audience feel uncomfortable with what they're watching. Felicity Jones is underused but when she is on screen she does a good job.
The screenplay is very weak and while the story is very interesting, the writers almost make it a little too cliche. Even though the actors do great portraying their characters, basically everyone (besides James Franco) feels very two-dimensional and flat.
Rupert Goold does a solid job directing for his first feature film. While it's nothing amazing, he does a good job. Some of the shots in the film looked gorgeous while others felt a little useless.
Overall True Story is a very good movie and its worth checking out.
★★★★½ review by Sam Mitchell on Letterboxd
This film surprised me.
I loved it.
This film tells the story of Christian Longo and Michael Finkel. Christian Longo is suspected of killing his entire family. To hide, he pretends to be New York Times journalist Michael Finkel who has just lost his position.
The real story is accurately portrayed in this film and I’m so impressed with Hill and Franco.
Definitely give this film a shot.
★★★★ review by FilmApe on Letterboxd
I place this in the vein of films like Shattered Glass and Breach (both Billy Ray) films. Basically just across the board well made, and intriguing, but too comfortable in just being an intriguing well made story to really wow people and end up on any year end lists. I would say that something felt a little off with True Story, like it lacked punctuation. Everything just kind of flows together, and there are never any huge reveals, which I can't decided is either a positive or a negative. I like that it is really just a story of two guys that can relate to each other, and I think that maybe it wouldn't have worked as such if it was more focused on bombshell moments.
★★★½ review by João Almeida on Letterboxd
Very good performances in a movie with a lot of talking. The monologue of Felicity Jones in prison was terrific.
Not for everyone.
★★★½ review by Silent J on Letterboxd
I have no idea what to say about this movie that hasn't already been said by now.
OR AM I LYING?! Maybe I'm just saying that because I'm too lazy to write a proper review...
Am I telling a True Story? OR AM I LYING???
Nah, it's true. True story. Based on a true story. Truer than a 2Chainz song. You have my word.
OR DO YOU???
Yeah, you do. I'll shut up now.
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