(out of 5)
Lili Taylor‘s performance as Valerie Solanas starts out riveting and soon grows tiresome, as does this film. It chronicles Solanas’ unstable life up until her date with destiny, when she shot pop culture icon Andy Warhol (the wound was eventually responsible for taking his life many years later). Director Mary Harron does a convincing job of recreating the Warhol Studio days, and for that reason it’s worth a good peek by curious viewers, but you have to be a total masochist to enjoy it. Everything in the film is ugly and downbeat, emanating from Taylor’s very unfortunate character and taking the form of a listless and unformed plot. The star gets more than ample support from Jared Harris as Warhol, a funny (if severely miscast) Stephen Dorff as starlet Candy Darling (she was actually beautiful) and a small cameo by Anna Levine as a disgruntled star of one of the Studio’s films. Maybe if they had recreated Joe Dallesandro for the film I would have been happier, but in the end it would still be a big yawnfest.
Directed by Mary Harron
Cinematography by Ellen Kuras
Music by John Cale
Production Design by Therese DePrez
Costume Design by David C. Robinson
Film Editing by Keith Reamer