"Charles Swan" (or it's actual extended moniker "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III"), the new adult Comedy that premiered recently in Pittsburgh on VOD, paints a portrait of an Artist (Charlie Sheen) not as a young man but, as a dirty old one.
Charlie Sheen (he slips effortlessly into this role) plays Swan, a successful 1970's Graphic Designer in Hollywood who seems to have it all -- until his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) suddenly walks out and leaves him an absolute wreck. Turning to his friends (Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman) for guidance, a soul-searching Charlie sets out to discover what went wrong.
Because it couldn't possibly be his fault. Swan, an aging playboy (with the hair to match), instead focuses on his deluded fantasies. Fantasies full of movie references and selfish behavior. Viewers are treated to Swan's take on a Western, a Thriller, a Musical and of course, a Romance. Not hard to believe when you consider master filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's son, Roman Coppola (Writer of "Moonrise Kingdom"), directed this piece.
Throw in a bevy of beauties like Winnick, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aubrey Plaza and it's not hard to see why Swan can't make up his mind on who he wants to settle down with. And that's not even mentioning the film's great detail and design work. Every scene is packed with wonderful sets, gorgeous scenery or classic advertising that at times becomes a visual overload.
Some may complain that "Charles Swan" is all style over substance, however when the style looks this amazing (almost a feast for the eyes). How much more of a story do you really need to have a good time?