In the past few months there seems to be a rend of trailers mis selling the movies. Yes, it’s marketing genius, but what it results in is viewers who are upset at how they spent their money and most likely their time. The latest one to hit this trend is Gloria Bell, the latest passion project from Julianne Moore. The trailer makes it seem like a light heart movie where a middle aged mother is finding herself and her new role in life – very relatable to a lot of women around the world.
Instead, not even a half hour into the film I found myself checking my watch to see how much longer was left in the film. The beginning seems to set it up as small bits of her life to show you how she got to this point of the story – which seems pretty normal. But the problem comes in when the movie continues that pattern throughout the whole movie. The movie just hops between moments and never really connects them. They aren’t particularly significant and maybe that is the point of it after all?
Coming in at just over 100 minutes, there is no real story or arc for the viewer to follow through. The whole point could be to tie these small moments together and bring the movie to one spot. It did not seem anything remarkable, but again, maybe like life, that is the point. The slow pace of the film, gratuitous nudity and the fact it only has one moment that stands out over the rest makes this movie one we wouldn’t watch again – even on an airplane.
About Gloria Bell:
Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family. (A24 Films) This film is rated R.