|THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (director/writer: Whit Stillman; cinematographer: John Thomas; editors: Andrew Hafitz/Jay Pires; music: Mark Suozzo; cast: Chloe Sevigny (Alice), Kate Beckinsale (Charlotte), Chris Eigeman (Des), Matt Keeslar (Josh), Mackenzie Astin (Jimmy), Matthew Ross (Dan), Tara Subkoff (Holly), Burr Steers (Van), David Thornton (Bernie), Jaid Barrymore (Tiger Lady), Michael Weatherly (Hap), Robert Sean Leonard (Tom), Jennifer Beals (Nina); Runtime: 113; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Whit Stillman; Grammercy; 1998)|
acerbic, romantic comedy set in Manhattan
during the early 1980s."
by Dennis Schwartz
All the young characters are vain, chatty and self-important types, who while traveling the fast-lane of the urban night scene make a few growing-up type of mistakes. These missteps are critiqued and forgiven by the sympathetic filmmaker, who understands them and is willing to cut them some slack for their romantic and career indiscretions.
The period film accurately captures these young professional types as posers. The narrative cuts through their tangle of relationships, their need to feel entitled and their insecurities over failing. Their superficial lives dramatically unfold in a disco setting, which had a hypnotic effect teffect on me. Unfortunately, none of the characters are worth caring about. But, if you need reminders of strobe lights and how for a brief time disco clubs were the place to be for the beautiful people, this stylish film should be sweet music in your ears.
REVIEWED ON 7/28/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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