Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Considering the talent involved here I can't help but say I expected a bit more from THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURG. Then again, this wasn't one of Michael Chabon's better books and I only say this as compared to WONDER BOYS and THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY. All of the elements we a familiar with in Chabon's work are here but they never quite congeal and a disjointed as his stroies may seem they usually pull together nicely at the end and this one doesn't. Fine perormace from Jon Foster as Art Bechstein, who is out to live it up before his life as a stock broker begins. Interesting dynamics between his gangster father, downplayed by Nick Nolte and his dual love interests in Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller. Mena Suvari floats around the action causing some interesting bits of trouble but the bottom line is this one his for a night when nothing else is on or if you happen to be a Chabon fan in which case I might remind you of how Chuck Palahniuk's CHOKE turned out.


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