What’s It About: During the 1970s, Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer and ladies man. But when dumped by his girlfriend Ivana (Katheryn Winnick), his life takes a nose dive and he doesn’t know if he wants her or despises her. With the aid of best friend Kirby (Jason Schwartzman) and manager Saul (Bill Murray), Charles tries to recover from these setbacks against the backdrop of nightmares that plague him every moment of his current life.
Verdict: Written, produced and directed by Roman Coppola (Francis’s son, Sofia’s brother) should hold some credence within the film industry, yet judging by this work he has a long way to go to emulate even his sister’s successful work never mind his father.
A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III not only takes the prize for one of the most boringly-long film titles but also for the fact it’s so utterly dull. Coppola tries to stay on the arthouse side of filmmaking; but instead he blows any semblance of that out of the water with a story that should echo Charlie Sheen’s real life, yet feels nothing like anybody we could even relate to.
Instead of making a comedy about the mind of a 70s playboy we’re treated to an exhibition on how to misfire every available opportunity to make a cohesive film, and rather churn out such a pretentious film that even most arthouse luvvies would switch off. Sheen, Schwartzman, Winnick all try their upmost to find a footing in such a loose film but seem lost in the pretentiousness of it all.
Bill Murray manages to save a few chuckles of humour however even he can’t make this film into anything resembling a respectable viewing experience. Just when you think it can’t get any worse the ending completely blows apart and everyone enters the fourth wall of talking and singing.
Final Words: A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III could have been a Wes Anderson-lite film, instead it’s a ridiculously self-indulgent affair that should all be laid at the feet of the writer, for he also produced and directs this atrocious laugh-free arthouse misnomer.
A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III is available on DVD from 30 September 2013.