2 out of 5
There is only one word that can express The Words: vacant. Usually even the worst film leaves an impression; whether it makes you angry (for the time spending watching a crap), or makes you cry (for the money you spent on buying the ticket), or even makes you laugh (if it’s really really bad and just utterly ridiculous). The Words just fails on every level to leave any impression, and that is just sad.
The premise is interesting actually. It’s about a story within a story within a story. It’s sound redundant, but that’s how the story is. Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid), a famous novelist is launching his new novel called The Words. It tells a story of Rory (Bradley Cooper), a writer who is struggling to get his works published. While honeymooning in Paris, Rory’s wife Dora (Zoe Saldana) bought him an antique leather briefcase. While cleaning his briefcase Rory finds a manuscript inside the folds. And surprise surprise… it is a manuscript of the greatest story Rory ever read in his life. He copies the story to his laptop, in which Dora accidentally reads. Believing that it’s purely Rory’s thought, begs him to get it published. The novel is a massive hit, making Rory an overnight star. That is until he meets the Old Man (Jeremy Irons), the real writer of the manuscript.
But although the twist and turn of the story is quite interesting, the film fails to give any emotional connection. There is a huge thing missing in this film, which I can’t point my finger to. The story is decent, the acting is good, but there is just a blank slate in the drama department. Sorry to say, but this is the worst film I’ve ever seen so far.