Words is the first directorial feature of Brian Klugman and Lee
Sternthal who also wrote the screenplay of this film. The Words
revolves around the life of writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) who
finally hit the jackpot with the release of his latest novel.
Unfortunately for Jansen, he has danced with the devil and his novel is
actually the work of another man. Just like Pandora and by opening this
old briefcase that contained the manuscript for Jansen, it causes a huge
ripple through his life and those around him.
briefcase originated from France where Jansen's wife Daniela (Zoe
Saldana) brought it for her husband as a gift. As Jansen makes the hard
decision to publish this work about a young GI stationed in France
during World War II, the original author eventually confronts him about
his immoral decision. However the story is not just about Jansen.
Rather, the words is broken into three chapters, one revolving Clayton
Hammond (Dennis Quaid), a writer who happens to have a beautiful groupie
(Olivia Wilde) following him and is the author of the fictional Jansen
and finally the story about the soldier (Ben Barnes) from the stolen
book. It's almost like Inception with a story inside a story
inside another story. Does it work? Sort of.
However, where The Words shine is through the engaging writing
and realistic characters that you cannot help but follow. Similar to
films such as The Notebook or The Time Traveller's Wife, The Words
is not set in one era and goes into some details about the soldier from
World War II stationed in France. Unfortunately characterisation in the
film is a little bit of a mixed bag. Irons and Cooper are brilliant as
their perspective characters and you can really get into Rory Jansen's
headspace when he chooses success over the love of his wife.
Unfortunately Saldana, Quaid and Wilde are sort of lost in the sometimes
convoluted plot of a story inside another story. It's also great to see
Cooper shed his comedic persona for something more serious and human.
times, there are some clichés and plots that seem a little muddled such
as the inclusion of Dennis Quaid's character and his groupie seductress
that seems unrealistic when compared to the two other fictional stories.
Nonetheless, The Words is an interesting drama romance that creates a
unique story about love, consequences and atonement that spans time,
fiction and "real-life". It's definitely not your mainstream drama
romance thanks to the unique story of a story inside another story. The
stars of the film however are Cooper and Irons!
Video, Audio & Special Features
Blu-ray, The Words looks visually impressive with vibrant colours, sharp
images and flawless video quality. Audio is equally as good thanks
to the 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack with great levels and clear dialogue. The
soundtrack of the film also suits the premise perfectly. For special
features, there are cast interviews by those involved which does shed
some insight into the movie and more particularly the story of The