Throaty but not deep
September 24, 2007
Factory Girl (15)
Starring - Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce & Hayden Christensen
FACTORY GIRL, starring ‘it’ girl of the moment Sienna Miller, should be good.
It has an exciting subject, a fictionalised account of Andy Warhol’s muse Edie Sedgwick’s life, it has fashionable young stars, is set in trendy New York in the 1960s, and the clothes are cool.
Miller, a fashion icon, lopped her tresses off for the film, and unfortunately, her hair is possibly the most exciting thing about the film – it just isn’t that good.
It’s stylish, certainly, and it stars Guy Pearce – usually a good sign. But it is lacklustre and shallow, never plunging too deep into Sedgwick’s woes.
Miller stars as a beautiful young dropout who heads to New York to become the new Holly Golightly. Instead she becomes Warhol’s muse, starring in a series of peculiar avant-garde films.
As she leans further away from her socialite roots, and becomes more and more engulfed in the sordid world of drugs and sex.
Eventually she becomes so entwined in drugs she has to leave New York. But tragedy strikes when she dies young after an overdose.
Sedgwick was reported to have had a relationship with Bob Dylan. However, he did not want to be in the film, so the producers got around this with a ‘cunning’ trick, creating a Dylan-a-like called Billy Quinn – a young musician with the world at his feet.
The film fails to scratch too far beneath the surface of their tremulous relationship, instead glossing over and dismissing it.
I really wanted to like Factory Girl. And I did. Yet it could have been so much more. Miller did well. Her drawling, throaty accent was spot on, and she was believable as the unstable Sedgwick.
Pearce, too, was fantastic as the unique Warhol, in his look and mannerisms.
However, overall Factory Girl was missing some key element.