Judging by just how many famous people appear in Robert Redford’s
latest directing effort, we can be certain of one thing: Famous people really, really
want to be directed by him.
Aside from Redford, there’s Susan Sarandon, Brendan Gleeson, Stanley
Tucci, Sam Elliot, Richard Jenkins, Shia LaBeouf, Chris Cooper, Anna Kendrick
and Terrence Howard. And then there’s Julie Christie, possibly the most famous
person to almost quit a promising film career.
So what are they doing here? It has to be Redford’s sway, because
lemme tell ya, Lem Dobbs’ screenplay ain’t so hot. The Company You Keep
is sort of modeled on the Weather Underground, the radical offshoot of Students
for a Democratic Society, and the mayhem with which they were involved in the
1970s. But instead of dealing with something interesting, like, say, radicalism
and politics and leftist causes and some of the violence that resulted, the
movie is a sort-of weepie about fathers and daughters.
That is, it would be a weepie if we were with any of these people
long enough to care about them. But like all Redford-directed movies in which
he acts, this one falls short. And Shia LaBeouf, as a reporter who inexplicably
figures out things no one else ever has, remains annoying.
COMPANY YOU KEEP
Directed by Robert Redford
With Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie
UA DeVargas 6
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