I watched “The Cat’s Meow” the other night on cable and have been meaning to start up a thread. Anyone else seen it? it was in and out of the theatre here in about 14 minutes so I missed out and had sort of forgotten about it until it popped up on my TV guide. Nice little movie speculating on the mystery surrounding the death of Thomas Ince aboard WR Hearst’s yacht in the 20s. Kirsten Dunst was really good as Marion Davies. This is the first non-teen role I’ve seen her do and she showed that she has some range beyond the spunky underdog. Edward Herrmann as Hearst, showing once again that he’s good at pretty much everything he does. Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin, Joanna Lumley as Elinor Glyn, Jennifer Tilly as Louella Parsons, all solid. I especially liked the transition of “Lolly” from sycophantic employee desperate for a promotion to savvy woman taking advantage of the golden opportunity. Prime illustration of Madame Glyn’s “Hollywood is an evil beast” theory.
Everything really crackled for the first hour or so, right up until Hearst shoots Ince. I thought it sort of bogged down at that point but I suppose no one’s going to be too terribly merry after a shooting.