Dir: David Cronenberg
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Evan Bird, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson...
Hollywood stardom has dangerous psychological consequences.
I'm far from being a fan of David Cronenberg; I find A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method to be two of the most ridiculous-in-a-not-funny-way movies I've ever seen, but the quality of Maps to the Stars' acting should seduce even those who struggle with its director.
Mia Wasikowska really shines as a mysterious teenager with a dark past, and Julianne Moore demonstrates the extent of her talent as an aging, schizophrenic actress.
Maps to the Stars is a satire that fully embraces its genre, while A History of Violence offers elements of the satire, but eventually takes itself too seriously and becomes ridiculous. This movie explores different layers of Hollywood insanity (expensive therapists, ruthless competition, drug abuse, boring franchises...) with the crazy and dark sense of humor it needs.
I must admit I would have preferred a more conclusive ending, but I thoroughly enjoyed this cast of insane characters from beginning to end.