A look at: The Normal Heart – by R. and S.


Ryan Murphy has become accustomed to his genius and his schizophrenia: the first because it covers pretty much the polar opposite genres, the second because his mind is able to conceive and give birth, at the same time, both masterpieces of both tv unwatchable as the fourth season of Glee. The Normal Heart (of which Murphy is Director and, with Brad Pitt, also producer) tends much more to the first category: a raw and touching movie, dramatic to say the least, on a topic still somewhat inexplicably taboo. The ratings achieved during the two aired on HBO (a total of 1,4 milioni di spettatori) confirm the interest of the public, definitely still alive thanks to the recent Dallas Buyers Club, and fully satisfied the beautiful screenplay by Larry Kramer, that gives voice to a very impressive cast.

And it is precisely on the cast that this review will surely be a lone voice: from every where rain praise and words of praise for Matt Bomer (the journalist Felix Turner) but, onestamente, I beg to differ. One of the scenes for which he received many compliments was when Felix and Ned are asking, each other, "if I had it, would you leave me?": According to TvLine, for example, at that time in the eyes of Felix is sheer terror law (to be left), together with shame and despair soon after, When Ned reveals to be sick. Ora, I love Matt Bomer and I would renew White Collar until the 10th season only to see Neal Caffrey, but I can't give it merits that has: in that scene you do not read anything special in his eyes; It is a very sad moment and it is difficult to resist tears, It's a good performance, but nothing more; He sad look, but from there to an Emmy nomination is a long road. The scene in which Ned puts Felix in the shower, another often cited as evidence of the skill of Bomer, It's a harrowing scene, one of those hard to forget, but it's not a very talented test Recitative: According to this standard, allora, We should reward every sad child and undernourished never appeared in any film about the Holocaust.

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In the second part of the film, precisely, the factor "weight loss", and here the critics have easy game: is unrecognizable, that great transformation, is really talented. This is now the typical pattern of reactions of critics, led by the Commission of the Oscars. Examples are numerous, I quote the latest convenience: Anne Hataway in Les Misérables and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club; the acting is wonderful, sempre e comunque, connected to weight loss, extreme fat loss, to make your body beyond recognition. It seems to me a rather hypocritical attitude, or at least not what I would expect from the so-called experts: losing weight doesn't mean acting. The theory is further confirmed by the comments received from Steve Carrell for his Foxcatcher interpretation, who just debuted in Cannes: After the premiere of the film was officially declared open the Oscar season 2015, with a practically nomination Carrell already in my Pocket because, looks a bit ', underwent a major physical transformation and doesn't seem to him. I do not doubt that has done a good job as an actor but, once again, what everyone noticed that dwell is the appearance, without ever being able to go beyond (It is no coincidence that many suggest that DiCaprio should use this technique to succeed, finally, to win the Oscar he deserves!).

The character of Matt Bomer, in addition to, the fact that they are always accompanied by boyfriend Ned, starring Mark Ruffalo, which is great because you can make the really obnoxious protagonist. Ned is so unbearable and annoying and obnoxious that everyone around him die but for the Viewer (at least, For me) It's almost hard to feel sorry for him; Despite the nobility of his ideas, and despite every reason in the world in his endless monologues full of rage, whenever he had a fight with his friends I hoped that it would take a fight and were kicked out, so at least they could work in peace. Side note: When, during the visit of Ned, compare Peter Russo Corey Stoll in the White House you expect Kevin Spacey could enter at any moment?!

Other notable interpretations are that of Julia Roberts, that conveys very well the frustration of not being taken seriously, not be considered knowing that his work is of utmost importance, the Taylor Kitsch (I'm still crying for her tale of Homecoming by Albert) and, above, the Joe Mantello: the monologue/hysterics of Mickey sums it up perfectly all the feelings that pervade the entire movie: the despair, the fear of those who thought of defeating any enemy, He thought he was finally free and, instead, he die, suddenly and inexplicably; There is a cure, There is no one who will listen to them, are only, abandoned, humiliated, and they die.


A po’ more difficult, instead, evaluate the portrayal of Jim Parsons: not that it isn't good, but it seems that suffer of symbiosis with Sheldon Cooper. Like all actors by television series, especially those much loved by the public and are broadcast for many years, It is very complex to find a new dimension, a new identity away from character have long lent the face. In the case of Jim Parsons is more complicated: In addition to the peculiarities of character, Sheldon also has very marked physical characteristics, from the angle of entry, the facial expressions gestures; all these elements can only be identified with mimicry of Jim Parsons, from which are now indistinguishable. In The Normal Heart does not help the fact that even clothing memories, in part, What we see in The Big Bang Theory (for example those jackets that, precisely, you wore only in 80 's, and the shoulder bag). Knowing (and worshipping) Jim Parsons as Dr.. Cooper now 7 years which is inevitably complex in order to distinguish it from Sheldon is a fact. Maybe it would help him to play a character completely different, a secondary character, less shy, ultimately completely distant from what we are accustomed. Why on Jim Parsons skill no doubt, but here stands out only in a few scenes, for example the monologue at the funeral, intense and moving; here with the modulation of voice and face perfectly accompanies contract the crescendo of emotions felt by the character, proving he can immerse himself in other roles and be fully believable.

Nel complesso, The Normal Heart deserves all of the good reviews it received: much more than a film of complaint or story of the AIDS epidemic that struck in the years ' 80, It is a touching film that tells of the pain of those who are, only, to fight an unknown enemy and seemingly invincible; a variation of human suffering accompanied by vivid and raw images, that is impossible to remain indifferent. Quindi, Maybe, Don't be like me and do not watch it at night before going to sleep!


2 thoughts on "A look at: The Normal Heart – by R. and S.

  1. With all due respect, you haven't understood anything. Matt Bomer's interpretation is at stratospheric levels. Its nuances beyond slimming. It's easy to be clever when you has monologues tearjerker. His character had these monologues, but it was played all about gradients. Deserves an Oscar. The saddest thing that you talk about AIDS and the Holocaust with such superficiality. WHEN YOU ARE IGNORANT BETTER REFRAIN.

    1. Matt Bomer was good, but as insiders always focus more on weight loss than on acting. When there is a transformation of this kind no one ever assesses if the performance was good (or not) regardless of, attitude is a little’ superficial, especially on the part of those who should be the most experienced.

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