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Thursday, April 14, 2011


God exists in this movie; he is not the all-loving, huggable God of the contemporary “Jesus loves me” movement. No, the God in Sympathy for Delicious has more in common with the dementedly perverse trickster of the Old Testament. And it is understandable why Dean, a Skid Row resident bound to a wheelchair, still doubts him even when he is given the power to heal. God must have a twisted sense of humor to give Dean the powers to heal others but not himself, when he needs it the most. Or could it be that God if testing Dean? If it is then why does Dean deserve his attention? Most of these questions remain unanswered. My best guess is that it is intended to be part of the mystery of God.
Sympathy for Delicious Poster Movie (11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm)

            Dean AKA Delicious D (Christopher Thorton) is the type of man who is too proud to call himself a beggar, doesn’t mind asking more from those who give to him in sympathy, and he is eager to get off the streets, but only if it is under his own terms. Not on the terms of Father Joe (Mark Ruffalo), the man who feeds him everyday at the soup line, nor the terms of The Stain (Orlando Bloom), a narcissistic bandleader offering Dean a place in his trash metal ensemble. It is not long before Dean begins to have a following and a whole new religion seems to spurt out of Skid Row.
            After Dean discovers his healing ability both men, Father Joe and the Stain, persuade Dean to use it for their own purposes. Father Joe believes it is a gift from God and that Dean should share his gift healing those in need; it doesn’t hurt that the Church could be making a buck or two out of it. The Stain also believes it is a gift from God, to rock n death metal that is. Dean is not bad at the turntables and it is not long before The Stain recruits him into his band; the believing crowd is certainly an exploitable audience. Dean is torn but his nose follows the fastest path out of Skid Row.
Lead us not into temptation (AKA money, fame, and rock n roll)

            The film points out a moral note or two about such gifts. Would Dean really be that bad a person if he uses his healing powers for his own good? What if the powers come from someone else besides God? After all Dean hadn’t prayed a day in his life. It is an unusual tale of miracles and self doubt but told with a straight enough face that its peachiness does not overwhelm nor compromise character development and plot. For the most part it does well in not taking either side for most of the film although the closing scene certainly tells us where its core beliefs lie.
            A special nod has to be given to Christopher Thorton, writer and lead who is actually wheelchair bound in real life and wrote this for him to act in it; to Mark Ruffalo, who’s acting is decent but makes a hell of a directorial debut; and to Orlando Bloom, who after giving us many fantastical characters, and pirates, finally unveils a hidden acting talent. 


Lance said...

Thanks for the review. However I have to say that Bloom's talent never was hidden. It shined through each of his roles when he gave us those fantastical characters. It was obvious to those who is able to see it without being told by mass media. Always.

Deborah said...

No, I must agree. Bloom was thrust into super stardom because of his role as Legolas in LOTR's. We all expected him to shine, but sadly he has disappointed as an actor, a real actor, not some cheesy character. I would love to see him really let go and truly demonstrate he is an actor, push the envelope. I hope this is the role, but we will see.

JC Elizondo said...

Bloom certainly has talent, and it was certainly revealed in Lord of the Rings. What I meant by hidden talent was versatility; this is not the Orlando Bloom of past movies, he really lets it go here.

Deborah said...

No doubt he was captivating as Legolas, however it seems he has become a one trick pony with these characters he plays. Elizabethtown was a good movie,but I still don't think he has had that breakout role that clearly demonstrates he has depth as an actor or as you put it versatility. I would love to see him raw and natural, taking on a role where his performance stirs emotion, whether it be serious or comedic, he just needs to let go.

Deborah said...

Just to add, I know the focus of this review was not centered on Orlando Bloom. I am excited about the film. I so need to see something original. The cast, especially Mark Ruffalo and Chris Thornton seem very passionate about it. Sadly, I don't think it will come to theaters here so I will probably have to wait until it comes out on DVD. Thanks for the review.

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