Sunday, March 30 2014, 09:54 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Face of Love
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Arie Posin
Starring: Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Annette Bening
Genre: Drama, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a frustrating film that refuses to dig beneath the surface.
Synopsis: Five years after the death of her husband Nikki (Annette Bening) has refused to move on. Then she meets Tom (Ed Harris), an artist and dead ringer for her deceased husband.
Review: The Face of Love is a film where the most important scenes take place off camera. For most of the film we watch, perhaps in horror, as Nikki convinces herself that there is nothing wrong with falling in love with a man who looks exactly like her husband. She and screenwriters Matthew McDuffie and Arie Posin set the scene for some tremendous psychological drama and never explore it. We see Nikki teeter on the edge and just when she steps too far into her delusional world the story fast forwards a year and puts a bow on everything; a bow that neither the film nor its characters deserve. The setup is tremendous. The payoff is nonexistent. If the screenwriter and director are fine shrugging off the majority of their film in favor of an all-too-easy ending, why should I care about the story theyre telling?
-Ryan Michael Painter