To Die For
The premise of To Die For was a natural, a variation of the Jean Smart case where an ambitious woman plots to have an enamored teenager kill her husband so she would be free to further her TV career
To Die For is a prime example of how important the director is to a movie. In this case Gus Van Sant took a great cast including Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon, a fine supporting cast featuring Illeana Douglas and a fun score from Danny Elfman and tore it apart.
The premise of To Die For was a natural, a variation of the Jean Smart case where an ambitious woman plots to have an enamored teenager kill her husband so she would be free to further her TV career.
To Die For uses a pseudo documentary style, on screen narratives, to continue the story but all they do is chop the movie up running any flow and direction it may have.
To Die For would best have been served if the action was permitted to build to the climax instead of breaking in with accounts from various characters.
The director does not include a commentary track so often used in DVDs and my only guess is he did not want to have to explain his actions. To be fair, there were several excellent scenes, so great cinematography and good use of camera angles but again, the scenes come off as choppy and disjointed.
The DVD transfer was very good but it takes more to make a movie. Yes, even great actors must every so often take one on the chin. If you must see To Die For, wait for the cable premiere and spend your money on something else.Review by Doug MacLean of hometheaterinfo.com
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