Thursday, May 17, 2001

'Bright Angel' is a trip not worth taking

Bright Angel (1990)
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Lily Taylor, Bill Pullman and Sam Shepard
Director: Michael Fields
Rating: Three of Ten Stars

Set among the working-class and sub-criminal people who live in the desolate expanses of Montana and Oklahoma, "Bright Angel" is a kinda-sorta coming of age story where characters wander through the plot without any particular purpose and things just seem to happen without any particular reason.

That's great in real life--people do tend to wander aimlessly in and out of each other's lives and things do just sort of happen without any discernable pattern--but it makes for a bad movie. The only real drama of the film happens about 3/4ths of the way through it... and it's way too brief.

Lili Taylor and Bill Pullman give nice performances (which is why the flick gets Three Stars instead of Two), but there's not much else worthwhile here. Pass on this one unless you're the world's greatest Lili Taylor fan.