New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 35

sive ones, displayed a portrait of Dean (usually Stock’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ shot, which we see captured here), but now Dean is as forgotten as Clift and Garfield, while most know Brando as “the fat, crazy guy.” Maybe if Dean had lived, he’d have become a similar object of ridicule, or perhaps he’d have faded into TV movie ob- scurity. His three films haven’t aged well, and Dean even comments here on how he feels East of Eden is too over the top. That’s not a criticism you can level at Life, a movie so subtle many may find it alienating, but through DeHaan we get to see Dean as the melodramatic cinema of the ‘50s never allowed us to - an Ordinary Joe. There’s a generation now that probably doesn’t know who Dean is. Life 4 stars out of 5 Directed by: Anton Corbijn Starring: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ben Kingsley NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 35