Jack Goes Boating
Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
USA

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut came in 2010, and it was a big screen adaptation of a play he’d starred in during his first flirtation with the theatre – the melancholic story of a New York City limo driver and a funeral saleswoman.

On the surface, there’s nothing particularly original about this film. Jack Goes Boating is the kind of mid-life romantic drama that gets churned out by the pound every year, most of them promptly forgotten. However, because of Hoffman’s tragic death, it is interesting to note his closeness to the character he portrays and speculate on the motivations that led him to direct it.

For example, one of the things he was most proud of in the process of adaptation was his ability to use close-ups and really show the emotional struggles on the actors’ faces – something that, naturally, is impossible to do on stage and accentuates intimacy. Jack Goes Boating is an exploration of heartbreak and loneliness, and while it is only a modest film, it is also a very honest film.

Written by Matt Micucci

I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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