Manuel Betancourt

Duplicity or How Julia and Clive sizzle

March 23, 2009 · in Uncategorized

Written and Directed by Tony Gilroy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson & Paul Giammati

Recipe for a smartly written adult spy comedy film:

– Add 2 A-List actors with great on-screen chemistry.
– Add an Oscar-nominated writer/director and a crackling script.
– Sprinkle a few seasoned actors in the supporting cast.
– Simmer with the score of a certain James Newton Howard.
– Glaze with Roger Elswit’s lens.

VoilĂ !

Duplicity is sexy, funny, smart, quick-witted and maddeningly (but entertainingly) confusing. Scene that pays for the ticket alone: seeing Julia Roberts react to Carrie Preston’s sob-filled confession. Watch that scene and I dare you to not agree that Julia is not one of the greatest comedic actresses of our time. A-