Monday, September 23 2013, 08:06 PM MDT
Movie Review: Salinger
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Shane Salerno
Recommended To: Literary fans looking for an examination of J.D. Salinger that barely scratches the surface.
Synopsis: A look at the rise and disappearance of famed author J.D. Salinger.
Review: Throughout Salinger author J.D. Salinger is referred to as his generations Howard Hughes due to his reclusive behavior. The major difference, which goes unnoted, is that for most of his life Hughes demanded the spotlight; Salinger found the spotlight to be an undesirable and unexpected symptom of his extraordinary talent. As a result Salinger has always been something of a mystery. Salinger, the film, was supposed to give audiences a peak behind the curtain into the life of a beloved author and reveal a treasure-trove of secrets. It doesn't. Instead it walks in circles as it gives an overview of Salinger's career. It offers snippets of interviews with writers, actors, friends, the occasional wife and devoted fans. Little of what is said offers any insight to the man beyond his arrogance, love of young women and his disdain for fame. At best the film is an overview of Salinger's career and even then it stumbles more than it takes flight.
-Ryan Michael Painter