An Actor Prepares review – a road trip movie in need of direction
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Verdict: a worthwhile watch for fans of the road-trip comedy genre. Directed by Steve Clark, An Actor Prepares is a fun father-son journey that delivers laughs but never quite reaches the emotional heights it aims for. Unable to fly due to a heart attack, alcoholic actor, Atticus Smith (Jeremy Irons) embarks on a road trip with his estranged son, Adam (Jack Huston) in a desperate bid to make it to his daughter’s wedding in New York. In terms of technical filmmaking, An Actor Prepares showcases admirable craft. It knows what type of film it is, and executes that. The film’s shots are well composed, each serving a purpose in terms of its style; it is tastefully scored; and the tone, somewhere between comedic and emotional, is consistent throughout. The film also covers a variety of important themes, including failed relationships, health issues, and alcoholism which, combined with the aforementioned technical elements, should embed emotional undertones beneath the film’s comedic surface.
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An Actor Prepares is released On Demand from 3rd September.
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