Max movie review

The biggest problem with this film is its title.  Max tells you nothing, which is a shame, because this movie has so much to say.  But you really had to want to see the new John Cusack picture back in 2002; the movie’s release was tiny and I only happened upon it by chance as a rental way back when, but boy, am I happy I saw this flick.  

This movie is fiction, but it proposes interesting questions – mostly, “What if Adolf Hitler had been accepted as an artist?”  And one could argue that the movie proposes the answer that Hitler’s true art wasn’t with his paintbrush but rather, his speeches.  Rather than deal in specifics, the movie also deals in generalities such as “What is art?” and that sort of thing.  It also speaks to the climate of Germany post World War I and what Hitler may have felt and what other people were experiencing, what the war meant to them, how it felt, what was the experience was like and so on.

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you’re in the mood for something different and engaging, I recommend you check out Max.  It’s not exactly a barrel full of monkeys (That’s a metaphor for fun, right?  Because that doesn’t sound like fun…), but I think it’s a great film.

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