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Its surfeit of half-baked film-student flourishes and needless cameos occasionally give it an amateur-hour feel. But Franco nonetheless shows improvement over 2013's "As I Lay Dying," and well, it's hard to fault him for trying.
James Franco's messy Faulkner adaptation has mature themes.
The Sound and the Fury is a step in the right direction for Franco the director, but it still doesn't quite suggest he's on the verge of something truly great. Yet, at least.
Replete with ludicrous buck-toothed prosthetics, plenty eyeball rolling, grunting and drooling, Franco goes further on the 'full retard' front than any actor in film history.
One can say that Faulkner is unfilmable, but any work will be unfilmable when it is being adapted by a talentless director.
This, Franco's most ambitious project, is his best film by far.
Franco probably has eight other things on the go at the moment (among them no fewer than three upcoming directorial features) which could account for why his "The Sound and the Fury" feels like maybe an eighth of a film.
The Sound And The Fury is a tragedy.
Looking at [Franco's] workload, you wonder when the man switches off. Then you go to the films themselves, and find the answer.
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