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Thorton’s tale, Ruffalo’s directing debut, though both very brave attempts, also falter. There was great potential here for Thorton to tell his true story, instead he goes off on some uneven fantasy tangent. He is a good story teller but gets caught in a trap between reality and fiction, and how the two should never meet. This is why. However, he is also a talented actor, which draws you into the story even when it’s become so over-the-top it loses all sense of reality. Ruffalo is a brilliant actor, but not here. It’s the Ben Affleck syndrome, too many hats being worn here and it affects Ruffalo’s performance as a shady priest who discover’s Thornton has the gift to heal. There are some beautifully shot scenes but, i suspect that was due more to the talents of the cinematographer than Ruffalo, though let’s be fair, it is Ruffalo’s first directing attempt, and it isn’t a horrible one at that. My problem is that I always become very suspect of any actor who chooses become his/her own director, while also casting themselves in a role larger than an extra. However, after having watched the special features, I learned that Thornton and Ruffalo, former college roommates (in real life) had been working to get this project up and running for some several years, they tried to get others interested in but no one wanted to touch it, because Thornton was an unknown. So, they did it themselves. The special features also informs you on Thornton’s history, whom, in real life, is a handicapped person living in a wheelchair, and really was a former dj, just like his character. But he doesn’t explain anything about the accident that landed him in a wheelchair, in real life and nor in the movie, which i must say, bothered me tremendously. I didn’t need a transcript on the details, but it would have helped me to understand how his character (not the real guy) wound up in a wheelchair and homeless. Sadly, that story was omitted from the script, which i think was an essential piece to understanding the character of Delicious D.
posted Nov 24, 2011 at 2:04PM
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