It’s not easy to see what director George Hickenlooper is trying to say with Factory Girl, his jarring visual style – something akin to a photocopied collage of wildly differing pictures – doesn’t help the epileptic storyline, and only adds to the confusing mess that the film ends up being. Possibly it’s just art imitating life, as the main players in this game didn’t exactly have a grounded approach to life.
It would be all to easy to put it down to a simple case of ‘live fast, die young’ but there’s more to the story than that. On one level it’s a look at Andy Warhol the leech, the semi-talented artist who’s main talent was being able to spot talent and then using that person to enhance his own image before discarding them when they became redundant to his needs.
On the other hand it’s a look at an immature girl, trying to escape her past by running into the light without bothering to check where she’s going.
Of course, on their own, neither is wholly right, but with a movie this disjointed, it’s hard to see past the many faults and onto what could have been with a more focussed approach, and a visual style that didn’t overemphasis the fact that everyone seemed to be doing drugs.
One highlight however was Guy Pearce’s brilliant interpretation of the sickly, self absorbed Warhol, and Hayden Christensen’s best role yet as Bob Dylan – no, wait, I mean ‘Musician’ as IMDB has his role listed – possibly due to legal issues with Mr Dylan not wanting to be represented in this movie? Can’t blame the guy, but Hayden nailed the role is such a way that the first time he comes on screen you instantly recognise his character.
Food for thought
You’ve got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room. There’s no telling what can happen. – Bob Dylan
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Drug Use, Sex Scenes & Offensive.
Duration: 87 mins.
Genre: Drama, Biography.
Actors: Peter Bogdanovich, Mena Suvari, Mary-Kate Olsen, Illeana Douglas, Guy Pearce, Beth Grant, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Sienna Miller.
Director: George Hickenlooper.
Release Date: Available Now.