DVD Review: Starry Eyes
I’m not exactly sure why I requested a copy of Starry Eyes, maybe it was just my semi-regular dipping my toes into the horror genre once again to see if it had anything to offer. And I’m in two minds as to how I feel about Starry Eyes.
To begin with it feels awfully B grade and a very good argument to curtail the number of films being knocked out by shoddy companies – almost a PSA on all that is wrong with Hollywood. Cheesey, cheap and nasty is all I could think of during the first quarter of this film. That and when it was going to finish. Not a good start for any film. I was even contemplating going to bed without finishing the film.
But I didn’t.
This story of a young woman with starry eyes – because in essence, this is what the film is about – didn’t quite have me hooked, but it did have me curious as to how, or if, it was going to lift itself out of the mire it was bogged down in.
The film went from cheesy to bizarre when aspiring actress Sarah (the star of this film) and worker in a fast food joint that is a combination of Hooters and McDonalds, get’s an audition for a once legendary film company. And then a call back, and then another call back. Her friends are a mixture of supportive and down right bitchy – I guess that’s what you get when you hang with a bunch of Hollywood wannabes.
But this new role is going to require a total transformation for Sarah and she’s going to have to be prepared to give up everything, her life, her body, her friends.
It’s in the latter moments when Starry Eyes goes from B-grade endurance to a hack n slash bloodbath that you realise just what the film was trying to say. In essence it tries to be a cutting denouncement of what Hollywood ambition does to people, in a delivery that aims for a dark comedy in the blackest sense, but on both counts misses the mark by not having a consistent tone or storyline.
Rating: R18 Graphic violence, drug use, offensive language & sexual material.