Fun House

Hayne miscalculates in only one regard, and (ironically enough) it's with the music. There's too much. Almost every scene has a song prominently in the back- or foreground. Fine. The logic there is obvious, and the soundtrack, featuring songs by T. Rex, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, and a few modern-day approximations thereof, is well chosen. But there is also a bunch of faux-video-type situations, and while it could be argued that the accompanying lyrics sometimes serve as plot devices, the scenes and songs become grating. At least, the last three sequences are actively annoying; you feel the whole thing gaining momentum, only to be stopped cold by yet another instance of Rhys-Meyers fopping around to some glam tune. It may have started as a device, but it ends by descending into mannerism.

Then again, maybe Haynes just knew his subject too well; being blinded by one's own prettiness was no small part of the glam manifesto. If so, it's to the director's further credit that he was able to extract something meaningful from all that preening.

Velvet Goldmine.
Written and directed by Todd Haynes. Starring Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Christian Bale, and Toni Collette.

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