Grade: D+ Jun 30, 2020, 11:54 am* Gerald and encourages Thomas to unload. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. But it's thin … "The Only Living Boy in New York" is directed by Mark Webb, which leads you to approach it with some hope. ), The narration is by way of introducing this movie’s characters, in particular its main character, Thomas Webb, a young man who was born too late to have caught any of Lou’s Bottom Line shows, poor lad. That was the best I think that we ever did it. Coming Soon, Regal | Top Critics (29) (That Mimi is played by a lovely woman of color, Kiersey Clemons, adds a certain something to the dynamic.) Coming Soon. |, June 12, 2019 I was rolling my eyes at about every moment of this movie, not just because it wads cliché, not just because it confused the cliché with transcendent and relatable commentary, not just because the characters were aggressively loathsome and inauthentic, and not because it appears to be someone's idea of Graduate Lite (though, yes, these are all contributing factors). The twist that W.F. The Only Living Boy in New York is never able to achieve cohesion among its disparate story lines and suffers from its dedication to showing Thomas as a good guy despite all evidence to the contrary. [Intro] G [Verse 1] G C Tom, get your plane right on time G C I know your part'll go fine G C C/B Am Am/G Fly down to Mexico D/F# C Do-n-da-da-n-da-da-n-da-da and here I am G C The only livi Directed with splashy competence by Mark Webb, this is the kind of movie whose idea of a fake-out is to play Simon and Garfunkel’s version of “Blues Run the Game” before breaking out the actual title song. The gorgeous 1970 Simon & Garfunkel song “The Only Living Boy In New York” has a petty origin story: It was written by Paul Simon about his bitter loneliness when his singing partner Art Garfunkel left him in New York to go shoot a movie in Mexico. It drops a plot bombshell close to the end of its 88-minute running time, but the filmmakers haven’t laid the track to make it plausible. You're almost there! The kind of movie that wants to be a short story by Cheever or Updike or Roth but can’t help but being what it inescapably is, an impotent cry of “Yes I Can Do Literary” from a screenwriter whose idea of literary has been permanently Hollywoodized. Only Living Boy arrives in US theatres on August 11, catering to adult audiences familiar with Beckinsale and co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Nixon. I don't want to give up on turner (Assassin's Creed) as an actor because the part did him no favors. My expectation was that Mimi, who’s a reasonably smart person, would reply reasonably with “Yeah, I know.” Instead, the film has her break down and practically cry, “No, I thought you were good.” This takes things well beyond wish-fulfillment and into the realm of metaphorical public self-pleasuring. That could work and devise plenty of palpable dramatic tension. US indie films are generally introspective affairs, but few spend as much time gazing at their own navels as The Only Living Boy In New York. Thomas, not quite crushed returns to his Lower East Side walk up and finds on his steps one Jeff Bridges, playing a garrulous codger who introduces himself as W.F. Oh no, there are Starbucks on multiple corners. It was so cheesy, but I guess sometimes you just find yourself in the mood for cheese. She's annoyed that her friendship is by itself not good enough for him, and even though they had one "magic night," that he won't accept her repeated stances about not wanting to be together romantically. Movie Review ★½ ‘The Only Living Boy in New York,’ with Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Kiersey Clemons, Jeff Bridges. The title refers to Thomas, our entitled hipster of a lead, but does that mean that he's the only one who really feels things, man, because the rest of us are just dead to the world, living our lives, and this hip young man just sees through all the nonsense of the day-to-day and, man, if only we could give him the platform he so rightly deserves then we'd all be better off. Okay, he doesn’t mention “Taxi Driver”—that would tend to muddy his character’s point—but he does mention Lou Reed quoting Yeats from the stage of The Bottom Line and laments the death of that legendary rock club. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! turns out to be a Famous Author (the fictional composite Loeb dreamed up alludes to both Thomas Pynchon—W.F. While the performances were terrific and I loved the way they captured New York… |, August 25, 2017 If that’s not enough to immediately turn you off to this movie, wait until you meet the loathsome and vapid characters that dwell in this film. |, October 13, 2017 |, May 12, 2020 Although The Only Living Boy in New York (a title taken from the Simon and Garfunkel song) has stars including Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale and Cynthia Nixon, among others, it … Thomas confides all this to W.F., who subsequently will not stop repeating the phrase “Visions of Johanna.” Thomas’ fury turns to something else, and soon he too is sleeping with Johanna. While one certainly doesn’t expect much in the way of verisimilitude with films such as these, some larger sense of self-awareness would be nice. The Only Living Boy is a most engaging film that confidently enters vintage Woody Allen territory with consummate success. From Mark Webb, who made his directorial debut in 2009 with (500) Days of Summer, it is not entirely surprising. The narration begins by calling out life moments pulled from movie watching, but then it presents these very moments without any ounce of satire. Except because we never get to know Thomas beyond a superficial level, the affair only feels like another conquest of entitlement. Not one character feels like an actual human being in this screenplay by Allan Loeb (Collateral Beauty). Copyright © Fandango. Cinemark |, August 25, 2017 Chris Knight reviews The Only Living Boy in New York, in which a New Yorker becomes obsessed with his father's mistress. But not exactly admirable. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. This twerp made me so angry and he pretty much embodied a creepy blend of entitlement. Coming Soon. Rated: R Running time: 90 minutes . Having to endure these self-absorbed New Yorkers for 90 minutes is hardly worth this meh twist. “It’s probably a SoulCycle now,” he says, making a play on the idea of lack-of-soul. Review Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events ‘The Only Living Boy in … All Critics (89) Webb ( 500 Days of Summer , The Amazing Spider-Man ) makes the city look appropriately chic and pastoral, while openly groaning about how great it looks and how it needs some dirt and grit to lend it character once again. That The Only Living Boy in New York is uninspired and programmatic is reason to skip it.