How long has it been since I first heard about it? Over six months, at least. I think?
*sighs* Now I REALLY need to read Scott Heim's other novel, In Awe
. It's out of print, though; an unfortunate inconvenience.
Anyway, do you think this review format is good for movies as well? Hmm...Mysterious Skin (dir. Gregg Araki, 2005)Summary
: Based on the novel by Scott Heim. As a boy, the young Neil spends an entire summer as his pedophile Little League coach's lover of choice. As a teenager, he can't get over the experience and whores himself, looking to recapture the thrill. As a boy, something traumatizing happened to the shy, bookish Brian that he can't remember, and he grows up believing that he was abducted by aliens. Turns out that the two boys are connected somehow. Take a wild guess.Comments
: Ah, well. It wasn't as good as the novel...but then these things never are. It wasn't even as good as Bad Education
, to which it has been compared. Still, I was shocked to see how closely the film followed the book's plot, however, right down to all of Neil's sexual escapades AND the revelation at the end regarding the *coughs* fisting. In my head, I kept thinking "Okay, cut. Cut!" but the film just kept on rolling right through the sex scenes. (No full-frontals, however; worry not.) The film had an odd, almost amateurish style of editing, but that was deliberate and was effective in capturing the immediacy of what is going on. The scene with the Froot Loops and the coach in the kitchen was magnificently-done; though of course the novel described things like the sugary smell of the cereal that the film cannot catch, the transcendent moment (and the underlying horror) is preserved. (This the most memorable scene in the novel as well as the the novel's original cover art.) The one thing that really surprised me, however, was the actor that played Neil. For whatever reason, I imagined him as a much tougher figure. Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked like a young Keanu Reeves. Even though he had extreme hotness in his favor, it was kinda creepy...Notes
: Region 1 DVD, original theatrical director's cut (unrated)Rating
- Provided you can stomach the softcore porn, this film is well-worth the time it takes to watch. Especially if you haven't read the book--in that case, you'll be blown away.