Mister Hollywood Is Back

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Martin Oaks under Uncategorized
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At one time, Warren Beatty was christened Mister Hollywood. His lengthy list of achievements in the motion picture business is almost second to none. Beatty is the only person to have been twice nominated for Academy Awards for direction, writing, acting, and producing the same film – Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981). In total, he has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, 18 Golden Globes, and a host of other citations.

Following his film debut in Splendor in the Grass, Beatty’s memorable works include Bonnie and Clyde, Reds, Heaven Can Wait, Shampoo, Dick Tracy, The Parallax View, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Bugsy and Bulworth. There have been some flops along the way, most notably Ishtar (1987) and Town & Country (2001) – but the hallmarks of the bulk of Beatty’s work are sophistication, wit and intelligence.

Having been absent from the screen for over a decade, Beatty this week released Rules Don’t Apply, a film he directed, wrote, acted in and produced.

Critical reception has been mixed, but the New York Times called it “smart and hugely entertaining,” an assessment we agree with. For any 79 year old, simply getting Rules Don’t Apply on the screen would have to be a major accomplishment.

The film focuses on two tracks: a budding romance between Howard Hughes employees, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins; it also chronicles the decline and fall of Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), with the bisection of these stories culminating in a sensational third act.

Because the movie is so bright and so nuanced (Beatty has Hughes, as far as we knew him, nailed), we doubt that it will be a huge financial success: no vampires, werewolves or action heroes here. If it is to be Warren Beatty’s final effort, we think it would be a satisfyingly enough end to a brilliant career. Check out the movie and give us your feedback!

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