Director: George Hickenlooper
Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce
There are a lot of good things about this movie and a lot of bad things. It tells the story of Edie Sedgewick and her life when she hung out with Andy Warhol at The Factory. It’s a straight, rather conventional biopic but it had a lot of things other movies like it didn’t. First I’ll tell you the good things.
Sienna Miller, I thought, played Edie Sedgewick with grace and emotion. Her and Guy Pearce (who plays Warhol) are easily what prevents this film from being a total failure. Their relationship seems real and sweet. Their parting cruel and unforgivable. The final scene, when Warhol is informed that Edie has died upsetting in the extreme. Not because he is frought with emotion but because he is indifferent, he even goes so far as to say he didn’t know her very well.
I loved the way this film was put together, the juxtaposition of black and white footage with the regular film looked amazing. The use of split screen was also well done. The costumes were beautiful and authentic, the make up as well.
Now on to the bad. While I thought Miller’s performance was excellent, she seemed to have a problem hanging on to the American accent. Often times her voice would affect a distinctly british lilt that really took me out of the movie.
The WORST part of the film and probably one of the worst casting choices in the history of film…. Hayden Christensen as a Dylanesque folk singer. It was, in fact, supposed to be Dylan but they couldn’t use his name. Now, I don’t know how much of this film actually happened but I do know that Edie and Dylan’s affair was not as extreme as is depicted in the film. Christensen is awful and his part is very badly written. From what I’ve read of Dylan (And I of course can’t be totally sure since I’ve never met the man) he would never have said what that character said or done what he did. At one point he shouts to Edie, “It’s not real babe!” and throws his motorcycle in the lake. I really don’t think so. No. His part was sloppy, I don’t think we’re even told his name. The film should have either created an entirely fictional character, rewritten the part so, like, the character would say things people actually say or gotten a better actor. I can’t tell you how much I hated that character, it was embarrasing.
I also didn’t like the decision to have Edie narrating from a psychiatric hospital. It took me out of the film, it looked forced.