Cronenberg strikes again! Famous for delivering outstanding weird stories, his latest film "Maps To The Stars" is no different. We get to see one of the best performances by stunning Julianne Moore alongside our new favorite psycho Mia Wasikowska in a roller-coaster of a troubled Hollywood family and a tormented star who wishes to play the role that her mother once did at all costs.
Here, we have the backstage of how mental people can go when they are on top - the case of the young actor Benji (Evan Bird) who thinks he is some kind of God - or they are struggling to get a role they have dreamed of - as Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is.
Little by little, the story of the sweet girl named Agatha (Mia) who comes to work in Hollywood thanks to a connection with Carrie Fisher evolves into the history of a distorted family who has gone to extreme lengths in order to protect their golden son.
Julianne is sensational as the actress who wants so badly to get the part that she is completely unable to lead a normal life or empathise with anyone. Her despair is so true for her - and ridiculous to us, spectators - and depicts how shallow a celebrity can really be. An above-average film, with exceptional performance by Julianne Moore. Oscar nod for her? I surely hope so.
We once fell in love with Keira Knightley in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. That happened a decade ago, and since then we gradually forgot what a sweet tremendous actress she is. "Begin Again", from the same writer and director who gave us a masterpiece named "Once", is the movie which will make you fall back in love with Keira.
Keira Knightley is Gretta, a songwriter with outstanding singing vocals who is dumped by her boyfriend-turned-famous Dave Kohl (Adam Levine, gorgeous as always), and who is spotted by Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced once famous music producer who happens to be drowning his sorrow after being fired at exactly the same bar Gretta is drowning hers.
Together, they record an album in the outdoors, and the lives of both characters is woven during the making of this album. With special appearances by Cee-Lo Green and Catherine Keener, it is delightful to hear what a flawless singer Keira Knightley is, as well as getting the chance to listen to some more Adam Levine without the other four Maroons. Highly recommended for those who appreciated “Once”.