A bored retired rock star (Sean Penn) learns that his father is close to death and travels to New York to reconcile with him, only to arrive too late. He embarks on a quest to find his father’s nemesis and persecutor — an ex-Nazi war criminal taking refuge in the U.S.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“This Must be the Place” is a humorous, rhythmic and efficiently edited drama, a gracefully narrated and well-paced story about family relations, identity, interpersonal relations, reconciliation, war, vengeance and love and a rare study of character which draws an intriguing portrayal of a distinguished man who sets out on a journey of discovery that leads him towards a greater understanding of himself and his estranged relationship with a father he barely knew. It’s also such a bizarre misfire that I can’t stop watching it.
Sean Penn’s rock star Cheyenne leads an empty life, on the brink of despair, made darker by guilt, symbolized by the trolley that accompanies any of its activities, was to do the grocery shopping, or more properly to travel. When you meet the inventor of the trolley, you will also find the right clue leads him to seek out the hiding place of his father’s Nazi torturer and the film draws to its conclusion. All the while, any viewer that doesn’t have the foggiest idea what’s going on is going to be left wondering what the hell they just watched. Honestly, I’m just hoping that this doesn’t become a cult film to a new generation of half-assed movie fans.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. But, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is pretty booming for a drama. The color levels on the 1080p transfer seem a little off, but I guess that’s just the cinematography’s choice. Everything is either too bright or too dark. It makes a lot of the exterior scenes seem artificial. Oh well, it’s worth a rental to the curious.
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