Movie Review 2008 #34: Interview

With my DVD player broken, I should catch up on the reviews that I “owe”, eh?
Next up is a small independent view starring and directed by Steve Buscemi, “Interview”. The other lead in the movie is Sienna Miller.

A character movie with characters who actions and motivations in the end are ultimately unbelieveable, Interview wastes an opportunity to truly explore issues and characters between a reporter and a starlet.
Pierre (Buscemi) is a fading political reporter, assigned to write a fluff piece on Katya (Miller), a young blond starlet who acts in slasher movies and a Fox show about single girls in the city. The interview, at a restaurant, goes badly: she’s late, he’s unprepared and rude. After leaving, he bangs his head in a fender bender and she takes him to her loft to clean the wound. Lubricated by alcohol and competitive natures, the interview resumes. She takes phone calls from her fiancĂ©, Pierre reads her diary on her computer. They discuss wounds, he expresses concern, father-daughter feelings arise. Out come camcorders to tape their darkest secrets.
I thought it would be a juicy exploration of these two characters, but the script doesn’t quite pull it off. The characters are too different, too abrasive to each other. and too unlikeable. The pacing and actions seem weird and off–why Buscemi goes ahead and starts browsing Katya’s computer, for example is never really clear. Or the mindgames Katya plays are not really well thought out.
And there is a twist at the end which is less of a sting in the tail than a final nail that we really didn’t get to know these characters at all.
The relationship between the two is humanly awkward, but its not very good cinema. I didn’t care for the movie.