By Clint Morris
The main character in J.P. Schaeferâ€™s new film ‘Chapter 27′ mentions that he doesnâ€™t go to the movies these days because theyâ€™re â€œphoneyâ€; heâ€™s referring to just how self-aware of themselves the actors are- with their deep breathing between lines and so on. He just doesnâ€™t find anyone credible anymore.
If actors like Jared Leto were around in 1980, Mark David Chapman might never have felt that way.
Leto is a cinematic chameleon. Heâ€™s done it all â€“ dimish high schooler on TVs ‘My So-Called Life'; ambitious waif-sized athlete in ‘Prefontaine'; smug businessman in American Psycho; conflicted criminal in ‘Panic Room'; and most recently, serial killer in ‘Lonely Hearts’ â€“ and every time, heâ€™s believable. Every time. Heâ€™s the type of actor thatâ€™ll go to great lengths to convince an audience that heâ€™s left his body and the character heâ€™s playing in any given film is occupying it for the next two hours or so.
In ‘Chapter 27′, Leto playsâ€¦. Sorry, isâ€¦. Mark David Chapman (a.k.a Holden Caulfield), the man who murdered John Lennon.
The young actorâ€™s performance is truly a marvel. Itâ€™s an under-the-radar (because he isnâ€™t quite of the calibre of Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey, youâ€™ll probably never hear a lot about the effort he put into the part) performance thatâ€™s undeniably one of the most impressive turns, not only of his career, but also in recent film history. With an added 70 pounds to his frame (not some a good-looking young actor would normally be happy to do) and a truly unnerving cocktail of creepy mannerisms and vacant stares, heâ€™s the movieâ€™s golden ticket.
The film chronicles the three days leading up to the murder of musician John Lennon in New York City. Chapman, a chronic liar who tells people heâ€™s just got off the plane from Hawaii, arrives in town with a plan. At first, he seemingly only wants to meet the former Beatle â€“ along with a bunch of other fans, one played by Lindsay Lohan, camped outside his apartment – and get an autograph. By the day, the frumpy loser gets more frustrated though and is seemingly starting to hear â€˜voicesâ€™. By the third day of his stay in New York, Chapman tells himself that itâ€™s his duty to take out John Lennon.
As is usually the case with these â€˜actor makes an incredible transformationâ€™ movies, the film itself lets its headline act down. â€œChapter 27â€ is interesting and at only 84 mins its easy to endure, but its all a bit under whelming. We donâ€™t learn much at all about Chapman himself, and even with the short running time, the film still feels too languid.
All in all, Letoâ€™s inspired performance is let down by a filmmakerâ€™s uninspired turn behind the megaphone and a hasty hand between the typewriter.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.