This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival showcased an interesting film entitled "This Must Be The Place". The movie stars Sean Penn and features a character that is inspired by Robert Smith. Now, I have read the overall plot of the film, and I'm not completely sure how I feel about it.

The reviews that I have read seem to mark the film as more of a comedy, but when I read some of the statements that are actually made in the dialogue, the comedic effect seems to fail. Sean Penn's character, Cheyenne, is supposed to be an aging goth singer that is trying to recapture what's left of the 80s. There are many obvious similarities to Robert Smith, such as the huge black hair and the signature lipstick. Yet, as I read the reviews for the movie, I couldn't help but feel that it was more of a mockery to Robert than a truly inspired depiction of him.

For example, in almost every review I've read, it seems that Cheyenne makes remarks that are just generally a bit overly emotional and depressing. Of course, Sean Penn is not actually depicting Robert Smith, but you would think that a character that is supposedly inspired by him would be a bit more realistic. I've never really gotten a depressing vibe out of Robert Smith, I've always thought of him as a particularly cheerful fellow. Then again, as I said previously - the dialogue seems to really lose its comedic effect when you're only reading it. I am legitimately intrigued enough by this film to want to see it, because I want to determine if the comedic tone is just lost in translation when I'm reading everyone's comments about the movie. Maybe it's not a mockery and it's a totally decent film. I wonder what Robert would think if he saw it.