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"A Glimpse Inside the MInd of Charles Swan III" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Set in a stylized Los Angeles, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a playful comedy of lost love, relationships, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. But when Ivana - the woman of his dreams - leaves him, Charles falls apart. He swirls into comedic, fantasy-inspired reflections upon his colorful past, and all the women that have played a part in it. With the support of his intimates including Kirby (Schwartzman), Saul (Murray) and sister Izzy (Arquette), Charles begins to come to terms with a life without Ivana.

Specifications

  • 2013, Rated R, 1 hour 27 min
  • Lionsgate Pictures
  • AVC 1080p, 1.85:1
  • DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette
  • Directed by: Roman Coppola
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Nude images
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Charles Swan III (Sheen) is having a bad day. His girlfriend has broken up and the next day he has what he thinks is a heart attack. When he recovers, he begins to reflect on what has transpired recently in his life. This movie has a Wes Anderson feel to it and is very off beat. Unfortunately it lacks the charm of an Anderson film. Sheen does a great job in this film, but I could not help but feel that the events are exactly what goes on in his personal life. It’s like Coppola told him not to act, but just “be yourself”. Talk about art imitating life! I love Murray, but his talent seemed wasted in this flick and his small role could have been played by almost anyone else. This is Roman Coppola’s first movie under his direction, but he was involved with Moonrise Kingdom and Darjeeling Limited. If you don't understand or like Coppola's Andersonesque humor, then I would avoid this movie.

Technical

Picture quality is mostly very good, but some minor crushing was noticed in the darkest scenes. Sound was good with some interesting music tracks thrown in here and there. Not a whole lot for the surrounds and sub to do during the bulk of this movie. Sorry, but if you are looking for demo qualitysound and picture, look elsewhere.

Extras

Nothing too mindful: An audio commentary, a “making of” and an interview are included.