The Face of an Angel is a film about a journalist and documentary filmmaker that chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.
Now, I went to a Q&A of this with director Michael Winterbottom and writer Paul Viragh. I was particularly interested in what they had to say about the film since the film centred around such a well know case of Amanda Knox that was covered by the media extensively over the period of two or more years. That and also the fact that the film was nothing like I expected. I was confused, especially by Thomas’ (Daniel Bruhl) hallucinations, and strangely dissatisfied. They had such a chance to cover something that us as an audience had some insight into but failed to make anything out of it and we were left as confused and alone as our lead. There wasn’t much semblance of a story and introduces unnecessary oddities and fantasies to somehow “guide” us through the film.
From the documentary filmmaker who rabidly turned to alcohol and drugs, constantly snorting cocaine in attempts to help him write a script, to the disjointed storyline incorporating mythical creatures that were totally unnecessary and hardly helped the story at all. And not to mention the CGI was an awful mess too.
There was so many loose ends and unanswered questions with sensationalist journalism that there could have been a serious movie to be made here but it fell on its back.
I left to question why this film was made in the first place if it had nothing to say about the Amanda Knox story.