A Good Old Fashion Adult Movie!!! One of the best! (by RitchCS)
I never understand why people who hate a movie, take the time to write paragraphs about it. Why not just let it go and try to find some film which they like and say something good about it? I'm an avid moviegoer and collector as I have some 30,000 titles in my library and I see hundreds of new films every year. "The Walker" didn't play in a theatre near me, so I had to wait for the DVD to be released. I enjoyed it so much, I had to sit through it a second time, immediately. It's so rare to find a movie written by an adult, for adults, with an all adult cast. It's <more>
been years since I've been so entertained as I was with the dialogue and the cast all in one movie. So often in IMDb, teens will review a movie which they would never understand even it they HAD been educated and write sordid remarks of how boring a movie is...or 'the worst movie I've ever seen...'. Too bad that the editors at IMDb can't cull out these remarks when all the teens are doing is destroying a work of art. I would bet none have ever been to a symphony concert, an opera, a ballet, a live drama, but they're quick on the draw when it comes to criticizing something without car chases or cheap gag lines.IF you are a person who likes GOOD movies, do yourself a favor and see "The Walker". It's Woody's best performance...and MAN! What a treat to see Lauren Bacall still strut her stuff. She may be an octogenarian, but she can STILL act. Lily Tomlin was equally as wonderful. I won't single out all the actors, just those three performances are enough to rent or buy the DVD.
This is easily one of the best movies of the year. Woody Harrelson should pick up an Oscar nod for this role, which could play as a companion piece to Paul Schrader's earlier film "American Gigolo". Saw this at the Toronto Film Festival and observed that Schrader is an overlooked American heavyweight of the cinema, who still makes intelligent pictures for adults. The movie is suspenseful, but not because of artifice, because of the corner that the Woody Harrelson character finds himself in and how that triggers a stirring of is own moral code. I love that about this movie, how <more>
the plot is strong on it's own terms but that we get this added layer with the character study. It's a very timely movie too, what with the Senator Craig thing of this past summer, the movie is the only picture of our times to address the hypocrisy of the "Moral Values" brigade in Washington. First rate all the way.
An Award-Winning Performance by Harelson... (by Len9876)
Following the Heath Ledger tradition, Woody Harelson Carter Page III delivers a believable and superb performance if not his best, his performance has to be at least one of the best . In the film, Harelson plays an articulate, bright, and intelligent escort for Washington's high-society ladies. He happens to be a gay person, from old but disreputable wealth, with honesty and integrity. He is cultured, well bred and sumptuously dressed--but, as a confidante, he has a biting if not bitchy tongue. Will this lead to his undoing?With a stellar cast, Harelson is surrounded by Lauren <more>
Bacall Natalie , Lily Tomlin Abby , Kristin Scott Thomas Lynn , and Mary Beth Hurt Chrissy . While playing canasta, Harelson and the four ladies seem to enjoy gristle for the gossip mill, while they are losing or winning at cards. Quite frankly, however, they seem to be more interested in the gossip. After the card game is over, Carter drives Lynn to her lover's apartment Lynn is married , Lynn finds her lover Emik, well-played by Moritz Bleibtreu murdered, Carter keeps quiet about the specific details of the murder, and trouble ensues. As I was watching, I could not help but think that Carter was also romantically involved with Emik , but the film provides no such evidence.The mystery unwinds, as the tension mounts, and Carter is confronted by husbands, lawyers, police, and intelligence agents aptly played by Ned Beatty, Willem Defoe, William Hope, and Geff Francis .As a gay man, I got a kick out of Harelson talking about 'fucking', and watching both Bacall's and Tomlin's classic and suave responses. I also hysterically laughed when Harelson confided how he could tell if a man was gay the man would get 'hard' when he hugged Carter . Too bad that Harelson is straight. Oh well. It is better to have loved, than never to have loved at all even if only for the length of the film .Because of superb acting, direction, music, photography and writing, I rate this film a 9 out of 10. I support Harelson's global causes, and I always look forward to seeing Hollywood legends such as Bacall and Tomlin. In due respect, all of the cast members are capable, consummate actors. Highly recommended!
Yes,this is a delight. Paul Schrader directs an all name cast is one of the fastest moving films I have seen recently. Its 108 minutes breezes by. This is the way to do films of little consequence.This is not a great movie by any means, I was completely surprised at how much I enjoyed watching this.Woody Harrelson plays a paid escort & gets involved with a murder most foul.In watching him perform, I could not help think of another great actor,CLIFTON WEBB.In fact if Hollywood ever decides to make the Clifton Webb Story, Woody would be perfect in the role,Kristen Scott-Thomas has the major <more>
female role & is her usual fine self.Also in the cast is the magnificent LAUREN BACALL 83 or more years young ,She was wonderful in her small role, so was Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin, Wilhem Dafoe & a few other fine actors,.Rent this for pure enjoyment,.My rating may be a wee bit high, BUT I cannot honestly give it any lower. Outside of seeing a bloody corpse & 2 fights,I see no reason for the R rating.PG 13 would be proper.Ratings: ***1/2 out of 4 90 points out of 100 IMDb 9 out of 10
Making an art-form of the superficial (by Chris_Docker)
"Whoever has looked deeply into the world might well guess what wisdom lies in the superficiality of men," is a quotation attributed to Nietzsche. The first half of The Walker could be said to demonstrate such a principle, particularly the mien of its chief protagonist, Carter Page III flawlessly played by Woody Harrelson . Yet the second half would give that observation an altogether more cynical meaning. One appropriate to the very men that Page despises.Page exhibits the exquisite superficiality "I'm not naïve: I'm superficial" so often associated with camp <more>
intellectuals as well as a capacity for self-adulation . We first meet him during an opening panning shot that examines the luxurious wall fabrics in the room where several voices can be heard. Wall furnishings are something that Page III can associate with. Both in a literal aesthetic sense, and also as a man that is walled in by the societal prejudices against his homosexuality. One step removed from the visceral world of those who can openly admit their true feelings, Page III examines the details of everyday life with dispassion and critical elegance. But when his friend Lynn Lockner wife of a liberal senator discovers a murder, he is torn between two paths, both equally morally repugnant.While not quite a saint, Page III has a much higher sense of decency than the political connivers and sexually bigoted people that surround him. These people use superficial appearances to make money, win office, or rise at any cost. Their 'wisdom' is simply that of the top dog having torn and bloodied anyone who stood in their way.Bacall, instantly recognisable by her charismatic voice, is the perfect foil for Page's charm and mendacity. Quick-witted, she reminds us of her early characters in films like To Have and Have Not and Key Largo. "You were just a young slip of a girl, not the beautiful woman you are now," says Page. "Cut the sh*t!" she replies, without for a minute losing her majestic gravitas.Page is a 'Walker' although working one day a week in a real estate office, his main income is comes from when he "walks rich women from place to place." The term was coined for Jerry Zipkin, who was Nancy Reagan's 'walker'. His duties include amusing gossip, taking Lynn to the opera and a weekly game of canasta. Immaculately dressed and coiffured, he inhabits the world of the unostentatiously rich without ever becoming a main player. His father was a respected governor and his father before him a successful businessman "My grandfather always talked like a man with a bible half-open in his head." . He is gay, and therefore not a threat. And he is well-read, well-bred, and a delightful conversationalist.Yet although Harrelson stars in every scene, The Walker succeeds very much as an ensemble piece. Bacall and Kristin Scott Thomas have a fair share of excellent lines. "Memory is a very unreliable organ," says Bacall: "It's right up there with the penis." Kristin Scott Thomas also gives Page a fair run for his money. When he says dismissively in a conversation that, "it's just sex," she retorts with, "And that stuff you're breathing is just oxygen!" Page has an unlikely lover in the form of Emek Yoglu, a German-Turkish artist whose photography is too politically loaded for Page's tastes. But the main man in Page's life is his dead father, who symbolises both the success Page III has never achieved and perhaps moral double-standards that he loathes. Yet at the same time Page himself leads a life a double-life, not out of choice but because it is forced on him.Writer/director Paul Schrader picked Washington DC as the setting for the film because of "the deep hypocrisy of the town, Washington and Salt lake City are two of the last cities in America where sexual hypocrisy is mandated, and here is a character living a false and superficial life, so it seemed an ideal place for it." It is one of Schrader's best scripts apart from a few unlikely coincidences to move the plot along and the performances are perfect. The lush cinematography sucks us into the world of the rich and stylish with Bryan Ferry songs to assure us it's OK so that 'reality' in the form of murder most foul is all the more unsettling. Only as the authorities brazenly attempt to implicate Page do some of his hairs come out of place. "This is a mean crowd, this administration," he admits falteringly. Lynn calls them 'the cave dwellers' . They can't catch him for what he hasn't done so they'll find something else. "It's perjury that catches people out," the investigator says to him with shades of Clinton witch-hunting .The loner-whose-world-crumbles-around him is a favourite premise for Schrader and the subtle political complexities are home territory for Harrelson, who is no stranger to such themes in films such as North Country, Wag the Dog, Welcome to Sarajevo and The People vs. Larry Flynt. But the film's weakness is its constant subtlety. We are expected to be fascinated by the undercurrents, the hidden cards so much so that some audiences may switch off. The Walker is clever and perfectly executed but, like its subject matter, is a superficial observer of the dilemmas it grapples with at arm's length.Perhaps such prominence of aesthetics over substance is the way to provoke discussion of the problems dealt with so obtusely. "I think film is a great medium to be able to discuss such issues," says Kristin Scott Thomas. "Although politics changes very rapidly, it also repeats itself over and over in a different context. When you see films that are making a comment about the political situation of a certain time and then you see another film thirty years later and you have the same kind of issue, it creates discussion and that is very important."
Harrelson is Carter Page III. Unfortunate son of a great man, fortunate son of a dynasty of plantation owners; what does he do? He spends a day a week as a real estate agent and fails to chase up a gallery opening for his lover's photography. What he really does is move with grace through the social circles of the Washington wives. All is well, passing off lines of Tennessee Williams and playing canasta, until by chance he is dragged into a murder investigation. Forced, in his own words, into a choice between "being disloyal and being dishonest" the film follows Carter's <more>
progress as events take him into murkier waters where it is no longer enough just to smile at the chaos and hope that it will pass.In Schrader's script the dialogue crackles, for the most part, and the narrative is traced out with skill. The film does not aspire to the pace of a thriller but achieves a constant tension. Harrelson's performance is magnificent and he is ably supported by Bacall, Scott-Thomas and a sphinx like Geff Francis as the detective on the case.'The Walker' is not a genre film and may disappoint those looking for a ripping yarn about a murder, but judged on its own terms it is a success. There are off notes; moments of dialogue strike as contrived and some imagery is unsubtle, but all said it is engrossing and like all really good cinema there can be no doubt that it is about something important.
Great script, direction and acting.The pacing is deliberate as character development and exposition is so key to the story. On the other hand, the last few scenes of the film seem a bit rushed as the main source of dramatic tension is resolved somewhat abruptly.Overall a strong film, with standout performances from Harrelson, Bacall, Scott-Thomas, and Bleibtreu.On a more personal note ...I screened this at the Toronto International Film Festival as it premiered at Roy Thomson Hall. There was a projection problem midway into the film, caused by a bad splice. An intermission was announced to <more>
give the technical team sufficient time to re-splice the film.During this intermission, which ended up stretching to nearly 45 minutes, Mr. Schrader and Ms. Bacall took the stage and entertained the audience with a far-ranging and candid Q & A session. This was a very generous and gracious gesture, and very much appreciated.It was a real treat to see Ms. Bacall in this film and at the premiere. She is a legend many times over, and 60+ years into her storied career, she continues to exude class, strength and glamour. They don't make stars like this anymore, and we are the poorer for it.