There is pleasure to be had with a certain type of controversial film, but the exasperated sighs that filled the audience in my screening of The Dinner were the result of frustration with the direction of the film, rather than outrage over the subject matter. Writer-director Oren Moverman (a filmmaker who is apparently incapable of shooting a scene with his finger off the zoom button) thought he had his accolades in the bag with this adaptation of an international hit novel featuring an all-star cast, but he surely missed the target.
Although its title may suggest otherwise, I Am Heath Ledger isn’t an autobiography. Sure, it is sprinkled with clips from the late movie star’s personal home video collection, but it certainly isn’t told from his perspective. The same team that brought you I Am Chris Farley and I Am Bruce Lee, both of which were also fixated on young stars who burned out during the height of their popularity, Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray use their latest project to stick to what they know: crafting an undeniably pleasant fluff biography of a fallen performer without exploring the tragedy that ultimately consumed them.
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