Stay - Stars Slumming
| Stay doesn't work at all.
There is a mystery but the story isn't compelling enough to maintain interest in solving that mystery. However it's the resolution of that mystery that is the biggest disapointment. It turns out the answer is the obvious one, and then it doesn't even work.
I can't go into it without spoiling the ending. Suffice it to say that the answer to the big mystery doesn't explain what happens prior. In fact, it actually contradicts what happens before. The wrong character's point of view is followed for the entire length of the picture. Stay, as any kind of mystery, is a big failure.
Who knows what Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling (along with Bob Hoskins, Janeane Garofalo and B.D. Wong) were thinking when they signed on to this stinker? Maybe they thought the script would make more sense when brought to life. Who knew what sufficiently talented director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland) thought when he picked this script? Who knew what writer David Benioff was thinking when he wrote it? "It can't be worse than my last script Troy," or "what would happen to someone else in the head of a dying person?"
Oops. Did I spoil it? Like I said, the ending turns out to be very obvious. The problem is that it just doesn't sum up what comes before. Instead it's one of the most unsatisfying experiences I have had in the cinema all year.
Forster, while competant in his other work, here seems to be slipping into hack territory. I don't think there is a shot in the movie that isn't at a funny angle. He exploits the campus of Columbia for weird ass backgrounds. Everything is done in shapes. Half the takes are done with a creepy moving camera to keep the audience off balance. Okay, Forster, we realise that this is some sort of dream world since all the background characters appear in pairs and triplettes!
The real mystery is what where they all thinking?