As far as movie reviews go, one is immediately taken aback with the ingenuity of the title itself because if ever there was a pictorial representation of the word pun then this would be it. True Story is a real-life tale a death row inmate Christian Longo and how in his trials and tribulations does his world collide with Michael Finkel, a recently fired journalist from the New York Times. I am taking a leaf out of the American Capitalist Book by commenting on Mr Longo even though he is waiting to be hanged, there has been a book and a movie on the same topic. Just for the record, the book had to be bought from the Amazon World store which made it exorbitant and a convincing No read.
The movie has power packed performances from the main protagonists with James Franco playing the murderer and Jonah Hill playing the journalist. There is a deft interplay between the characters as Christian Longo has to own up to his crime, the shame associated with it, the sheer remorse/ realization of having committed such a deplorable sin, his history of having committed petty crimes culminating in a horrific spectacle duly taken up in the course of proceedings while Michael Finkel hits a goldmine with “his story”, forming a weird sense of attachment getting into close proximity with a felon, trying to redeem himself of the fabrication in “another world”, trying to capitalize on the jackpot at play/ unfold right in front of his eyes. All in all, a story well told with real-world ramifications of what they went through. A story so profound that it was not just lapped up by a thirsty audience but also capitalized in every form.
Ps- Should be a feast for the eyes of Mom who ODs every day on “Crime Patrol” & “Savdhan India” Much recommended Mom.