Sunday, March 06, 2011
Monday Movie Musings - Mercy
I have to admit, I hadn't heard of MERCY until I started seeking out previous roles by the stars of Hawaii Five-0. But when I realized that Scott Caan wrote, produced, and starred in this movie about a romance-ish author who is cynical about love, I knew I had to watch it.
First, it's Scott Caan. Second, I'm a fan of indie films, and this definitely fit the bill. Third, romance(esque) author? I had to check it out.
Now, reviews/descriptions of the film called Scott's character a romance author. But in watching the film, I'd have to say that wasn't exactly true. He wrote about love, but it didn't appear that he was a romance author per se. My guess is the character's books were more in the Nicholas Sparks vein. I was also amused, prior to watching it, to read that the character met the heroine at the launch party for his new book. Most of the romance authors I know (including me) don't have launch parties thrown for each new book. However, that's not quite what happened either. It was more a party for the writer and his friends, to celebrate the book release, not a formal launch party that might be thrown by the publisher in an official capacity.
So some of the reservations I had about the film ended up being more a "lost in translation" issue with write-ups about it, rather than the film itself.
And I really ended up liking the film. It was emotional and heartbreaking, and Scott did a good job with all of his roles - producer, writer, and actor. It was very cool to see him act with his father, who was fantastic. And I honestly didn't see the twist until it was right there.
Like the main character's books, it's not a romance, but it is about love, loss, and growth. And I definitely recommend it to fans of indie film and/or Scott Caan.