Movie Reviews: Enough Said
Fox Searchlight is opening the late James Gandolfini's penultimate film, Enough Said, in four theaters today (Wednesday), presumably to give it a head start against the much-buzzed-about Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis, which opens on Friday. While Gandolfini's co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is receiving much praise for her performance in the film, it's only natural that critics focus on Gandolfini. Given the hulking Gandolfini's premature real-life death, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post, it's hard not to wince a little when you're watching his character eating a tub of buttered popcorn, scarfing down guacamole or saying, 'I'm planning on losing some weight. I really need to.' Nevertheless, he concludes, the movie is a another reminder that Gandolfini had enormous range as an actor beyond his signature role of Tony Soprano. A.O. Scott in the New York Times writes: Line for line, scene for scene, it is one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory. He later remarks, This movie will make you laugh and leave you in tears. Some of the pathos is the accidental byproduct of seeing Mr. Gandolfini, so playful and alive, in one of his final major movie roles and feeling once again the loss of his remarkable gift. Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News begins his review this way: What a treat it is to discover a totally new actor inside one we already loved. And how sad to know we won't see that from him again. Claudia Puig in USA Today writes that Gandolfini delivers easily his best performance since Tony Soprano -- in a role that's light years away from the memorable Mob boss. The movie itself, she concludes, is a sparkling gem. Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey reviewed the movie earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival, calling it a bittersweet goodbye to the actor. It is, she wrote, ultimately a movie about second chances and making your own happy ending. So it's hard not to wish that Gandolfini's real story paralleled the film's.