The Words do not invoke wisdom

The Words do not invoke wisdom

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

The Words is another could-be-great movie that falls short of excellence.

The whole plot has to do with a story within a story, within another story.

Bradley Cooper (as Rory Jansen) and Zoe Saldana (as Dora Jansen) star in CBS Films’ romantic drama, “The Words.” (MCT)

The main, although second, plotline of the movie focuses on Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) a struggling writer trying to provide for his wife. While honeymooning in Paris, they buy an old briefcase in which he finds a well-written and compelling story. When his wife, Nora(Zoe Saldana) mistakes the story for his own, she urges him to get the story published. After years of wanting to write something with meaning, and suddenly having everyone love this book, he begins to believe that the writing is actually his.  However, the true author, henceforth known as The Old Man(Jeremy Irons), reveals himself to Rory and informs him of the real meaning behind the story, a tale of two lovers(Ben Barnes and Nora Arnezeder) filled with love, happiness and, ultimately, heartbreak. The tale of the lovers, which we see, serves as the third plotline.

But the kicker is that the whole Rory Jansen stolen book story is in fact a novel by Dennis Quaid’s character, Clay Hammond. During a reading of the novel, which transitions into the main plotline as he reads it, he meets a fan (Olivia Wilde), and they develop a relationship.

The movie flips back and forth from reality to the fictions, which there are three plots in one film. A little overkill and a bit confusing at times, the film references a lot to writers and the cryptic nature of literature.

There were lots of great elements, and some dramatic and romantic moments. However, the one biggest downfall was the open book ending.  The whole storytelling nature is captivating and gets points for attempting something a bit original, but the ending is left completely wide open and derailed the entire film. The finale scene leaves audiences wondering if “The Words” was fiction or fact.

As for the acting, Jeremy Irons did a wonderful job as The Old Man and Zoe Saldana was a great supporting character. However, Bradley Cooper did not have a strong enough presence in the role, and has better comedic acting skills as opposed to drama.  The movie is described as a romance, drama, and thriller, and at times it does contain some of these elements, but still does not live up to its attention-grabbing synopsis and trailer. With a star-studded cast and a possibly great story the movie does not deliver in many ways and leaves viewers with an unsatisfying finish.

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