“Words and Pictures” is about an Art teacher and an English teacher who form a contention that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important. Read on for the Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Words and Pictures” movie review and synopsis.
“Words and Pictures” Synopsis:
The romantic drama “Words and Pictures” stars the appealing duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen who are working together on-screen for the first time. Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) bewails his students’ craze with social media and good grades in contrast to meticulous engagement with language. Once a literary star, Marcus, a minor-league poet and one-time literary star Jack has not published in years. On the other hand, Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) is an abstract painter. Like Jack, she is an accomplished artist but suffering from a near-debilitating case of rheumatoid arthritis, she could not paint rigorously. Jack finds Dina beautiful but cold. He flirts with her and provokes her with equal delight.
While Marcus tries to emphasize to his students the beauty and verse of language, Delsanto calls their attention to the appreciation of the picture. Both the art and language teachers and their students come up with a impulsive war; words versus pictures.
“Words and Pictures” Movie Review:
“Words and Pictures” lose points for feeling specious and unnatural. That’s at odds with the performances by Owen and Binoche. Each actor is confused in a different way. Sadly, the movie does not live up to its potential and fans’ expectations.
“If the text vs. image battle had merely remained in the background, that would be one thing, but the screenplay tediously brings it up over and over again, as though this were A Tree Falls in a Forest: The Movie,” writes Alonso Duralde of The Wrap.
“Words and Pictures” Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Valerie Tian, Navid Negahban
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directors: Fred Schepisi
Writer: Gerald Di Pego
According to movieinsider.com, “Words and Pictures” will be released (limited) on May 23, 2014 in U.S. theatres.
Critical reception has been very positive so far. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) reported that “Words and Pictures” is rated PG13 for sexual material including nude sketches, language and some mature thematic material. “Words and Pictures” received three and half stars out of four. Its ratings are 6.6/10 from 227 users Metascore: 45/100 .
As of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a rating of 5.7/10 or 38% in its Tomatometer, based on 32 critics’ reviews. 79% of the audience reportedly want to watch it, based on 189 user ratings.
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