MAPS TO THE STARS – a Cronenberg conundrum

about the horror of becoming (and having to stay) famous

MAPS TO THE STARS , directed by David Cronenberg and written by Bruce Wagner, reminded me of NIGHTCRAWLER. It is to film business, what the latter is to news journalism – what a drama! Both films show a world of fierce competitiveness (Julianne Moore as diva Segrand, for instance) and of seriously disturbed characters (Mia Wasikowska as a mysterious PA). Yet both films do ring true to whoever has been backstage in any of those two métiers. Maybe, if we read all the suicides (this year’s favourite backstory wound, who’d have guessed?) and murders in MAPS TO THE STARS as evil thoughts or dreams? Would Cronenberg’s drama then become all-too-true?

Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson in MAPS TO THE STARS
Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson in MAPS TO THE STARS

Why, then let’s decide to see it as a play, an evil theatre piece, putting the so desperately beautiful and famous on display, while the really beautiful and famous (such as a certain Robert Pattinson) drive their cars and care for their every (!) need. Yep! It’s fun to see it like this … and stop sorting those jelly beans, you effed-up child prodigy … MAPS TO THE STARS really makes you nourish a warm, evil grin inside. That’s a good thing.

Oh! When in cinemas, do pay attention to the map underlying the start and end credits …

About Elisabeth Schabus 477 Articles
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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