Still of Jeremy Irons and Bradley Cooper in The Words
“The Words” is a fascinating multi-layered drama that sets one story upon another upon another, forcing viewers to question their own morals and the amount of compassion we can share with those who have made terrible mistakes. Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) stands before a captivated audience as he begins to read excerpts from his latest novel. As he speaks, the world of Rory (Bradley Cooper) and Dora (Zoe Saldana) comes to life. As a struggling writer still asking for financial relief from his father, Rory idolizes those who lived the same life before him and never dares to forsake his dreams, but after countless rejections, the end of the dream is near. While searching through an antique briefcase his wife purchased as a wedding present, Rory discovers a beautifully written masterpiece and subsequently submits the manuscript as his own, which, in turn, transforms the aspiring author into the biggest name in the world of publishing. As his monetary status skyrockets and his fears are laid to rest, all would seem perfect for Rory, until an old man (Jeremy Irons) surfaces, claiming to know the origins of the text. Directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have crafted an “Inception”-like tiered storyline that stays enchanting on every level. Every cast member delivers strong, solid performances, but it’s Irons who stands out with a role that’s powerfully assertive with an underlying source of benevolence and heartbreak. It may only be January, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Irons receiving accolades a year from now for his achievement.
Time: 6:30 pm Date: 1/27/2012 Venue: Eccles Theatre
Time: 9:00 am Date: 1/28/2012 Venue: Eccles Theatre
Time: 9:30 pm Date: 1/28/2012 Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Time: 12:30 pm Date: 1/29/2012 Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center