Sometimes there are movies that come and go pretty quickly with some big names and never seem to really get the run you would think. With the film The Words it got a decent release, but seemed to not get the push like many others. With a cast including Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and more it clearly had the star power, but did it have the story to back it up?
The Words follows young writer who finally becomes a successful writer with a bestselling novel. The only catch is that he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him it threatens to destroy everything he has built in both his professional and personal life. This is one of those movies that is a bit convoluted, but in a way that kind of works to help an otherwise average story. The story itself plays interestingly, but still leaves some aspects to the viewer’s own perception. The performances are all great across the board with all the characters seemingly playing well off of each other. Jeremy Irons delivers one of the better performances playing it with a bit of subtle hostility that really takes the character in a direction you wouldn’t really expect. The only real issue with this film is the ending. While it is the area that leaves some to the viewer’s own thoughts, at the same time tries to give a definitive ending, but just doesn’t come off all that clear.
This is one of those movies that delivers on almost every level, but still will only appeal to a certain audience. It is a dialogue driven story that works thanks to the great cast. If you are a fan of any of those involved than you should give this film a shot. If nothing else, it is just another showcase of Bradley Cooper’s ability to carry a film in almost every genre.