‘Life’

20289458968_3935c4d72a_oFlat, emotionless, sexless. No sign whatsoever of the moody James Dean’s appeal that captured photographer Dennis Stock’s belief in him as a future star. (The film is set in the weeks leading up to the premiere of East of Eden in 1955.)

Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kill Your Darlings) struggles and is unconvincing in playing one of the most iconic figures of a generation – and Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Water For Elephants) is only marginally better as the somewhat straight laced Stock.

A huge missed opportunity and major disappointment from director Anton Corbijn, responsible for the standout bio of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, Control.

Rating: 39%

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