For all we know, Sheen’s infamous cocaine- and alcohol-fueled meltdown in 2010 with call girl/porn actress Capri Andrerson could have been director Roman Coppola’s inspiration for the film.
The movie’s good-time Charlie is also an inveterate lady’s man. But when his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him, he suffers from nightmares and fever-induced dreams of past relationships. He finally crashes and burns and tries to turn his life around.
His best friend, Kirby, played by Jason Schwartzman and manager, Saul, played by Bill Murray, are there to help. But it seems they do more harm than good. Patricia Arquette plays his long suffering sister Izzy.
I’ve always enjoyed Sheen as an actor. His movies, “Wall Street,” “Platoon” and “Major League,” are classics in their respective genres. In his latest role, he has plenty of real life experience to draw on for his character.
As much as we can see glimpses of real Charlie in movie Charlie, Director Coppola deserves credit for serving up a smartly woven web of a movie. His resume includes co-writing “Moonrise Kingdom” and directing parts of sister Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning movie “Lost In Translation.”
He also co-wrote Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” and has directed more than 30 music videos for the likes of Green Day, Wyclef John, Moby, Fatboy Slim, the Strokes and Marianne Faithful.
Sheen can thank a solid cast for elevating his performance. His one-on-ones with Schwartzman, where they just pontificate about life, are utterly delightful.
Murray brings his hang-dog persona to the film and wins on all levels. In one scene, he is sleeping at Swan’s house and Charles unexpectedly returns. They begin to ponder all the questions of life in a spot-on brilliant performance.
It’s amazing when you think about how versatile Murray has become as an actor, not to mention as an in-house Coppola family member. Gosh, I remember him in “Meatballs!”
I can only imagine what growing up in the Coppola household was like, but Roman’s listened well and developed his own voice. Truth be told, that voice is closer to Anderson’s than his father’s, but he navigates it rather successfully.
I really loved all the visuals via L.A. and would be remiss without mentioning the terrific music of Liam Hayes, who scored the film. It’s some of the best original film music I’ve heard in years.
The last shot wraps and Sheen thanks the audience for watching and then introduces himself along the the main cast. Fun! The film was released to video and pay-per-view earlier this month. It’s set for a limited release in theaters, Feb. 8. Catch it if you can.