Review: With this type of cast it was surprising how quick GENIUS came and went in the theater. Now with the DVD release it is a perfect opportunity to see high caliber actors in an intriguing and dramatic look into the life of author Thomas Wolfe.
Pros: The cast. Each of these men and women could do these roles in their sleep. But there are no phoned in performances here. Colin Firth is perfect as the patient, soft spoken editor Max Perkins who is tasked with the job of reigning in Wolfe. He is dedicated to the point that his personal life suffers. Firth is on screen 98% of the time and has to sell us the character in each frame. Which he does.
The story too is intriguing and an interesting look in to the early days of book publishing and the stardom that surrounded American authors.
You are transported back to 1930's NY thanks to the fantastic wardrobe, set design, and cinematography.
Cons: Jude Law is a fantastic actor but plays Wolfe a tad bit over the top. The eccentric and humble writer may have been chaotic and driven but when played out on screen it becomes exhausting to watch. Law could have toned it down slightly and still delivered the personality convincingly.
Pros certainly outweigh the cons in this one making it a solid choice for home viewing.
DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
• “Genesis of Genius” Featurette
• “Painting A Portrait Of The Lost Generation” Featurette
*Subject to change