‘Maps to the Stars’

maps_to_the_stars_ver3Challenging and sickly enjoyable.

Some nasty shit goes down but it also has some genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments. It’s a brutal commentary (and somewhat relentless) on the Hollywood fame game (or more specifically the fading or failure of fame game) with Julianne Moore (The Hours, Boogie Nights) stupendous and Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Tracks) quietly unsettling.

Not one of the characters has any redeeming features…. And thankfully there is no neat happy ending – David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence) may tie up loose ends, but he’s not falling into the ‘please everyone’ final plot lines.

Rating: 68%

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