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|Originaltitel:||Maps to the Stars|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 111 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Sündenpfuhl Hollywood: The aging actress Havanna (Julianne Moore) would give anything to play the leading role in the remake of the movie that made her deceased mother a legend. The fact that she repeatedly encounters rejection from the studio drives her mad just as much as the spirit of her mother, which seems to persecute her. Close to madness also seems to be her new assistant Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), who has just arrived in Hollywood. However, Havana has no idea what is really behind the scars of fire that deface the young woman's face and what she has to do with the family of her guru Stafford Weiss (John Cusack). Their youngest offspring Benji (Evan Bird) is already thirteen years old and has a bitter drug withdrawal behind him and can't bear the fact that a young co-star steals the show from him on the set of his new movie. As Benji, too, is increasingly plagued by visions, the events escalate…
David Cronenberg belongs to the filmmakers who are often referred to as cult directors. Cronenberg earned this status with movies like "Scanners", "Crash", "Die Fliege" or "A History of Violence". But you shouldn't make the mistake of automatically praising every work to the skies just because it comes from a supposed cult director. Cronenberg's last films "A Dark Desire" and "Cosmopolis" in particular were far from being flawless masterpieces. And also "Maps to the Stars" is again no Cronenberg in top form, even if it goes qualitatively again a whole piece forward this time.
Always when the film is a caustic and extremely biting satire on Hollywood, it works really well. Here Cronenberg reveals a ruthless humour that is perfectly supported by the actors' deliberately exaggerated play. Especially Julianne Moore delivers a great performance here. As an actress on the brink of being put on the sidetrack, she tries everything to get hold of a certain role and is so evil and cynical that it's just a lot of fun. But there are also a lot of scenes that just seem insignificant, bizarre or a bit too hysterical. In these moments the viewer wonders again and again what the whole thing is all about and tends to look at the clock every now and then bored.
"Maps to the Stars" deliberately makes it hard to let oneself be put into a drawer. Is the movie a satire? A disturbing family drama? A psychothriller with slightly extrasensory excesses? Or maybe a very inappropriate romance? One thing is certain: David Cronenberg wants to challenge his audience, doesn't want to make it too easy for them to fathom his peculiar labyrinth of thoughts. That has its charm, but it only works to a very limited extent. Because "Maps to the Stars", like "Cosmopolis" recently, also has the tendency to get on the nerves of its viewers between moments of absolute genius.
Who also liked the weaker films of David Cronenberg, who can get involved with the not always easy to fathom narrative style and who wants to take a ruthlessly evil look behind the scenes of the dream factory should not miss this excellently cast film because of its many successful moments. But if you expect a straight-line satire or a gripping drama and were extremely annoyed by "Cosmopolis", you should keep your hands off "Maps to the Stars". That's why there's one here: Worth seeing with some concessions!
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