September has been such a depressing month at your local movie theater. After a summer full of memorable movies (see my top 10), September has been such a drag- Gamer, Sorority Row, All About Steve, Love Happens, and I Can do Bad All by Myself? No thank you.
The Informant! was a ray of hope. Finally, a movie I wanted to see! Matt Damon acting, Steven Soderbergh directing, and the ! promised quirky hilarity in the tradition of Moulin Rouge! But sadly, The Informant did not earn its !
The problem is in the details. Soderbergh chose groovy, funky font for the text transitions, and the music is full of pep, echoing the swinging hi-jinks of the 60s. The whole package was perfected through the poster- looks like a comedy! But the script doesn’t match the style its encased in. The image created by all these little things is so zany that the actual story seems dull and boring and too long.
The Informant is based on a true story and if it had been packaged as a drama, I might have liked it. Play up the idea of a double life, lose the silly music and text, focus on the tension, and it could have been better. OR zany-up the script to match the rest. I get what they were going for, it just didn’t work.
September seems so long….
(out of 5)