A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Movie Review
Well, that happened. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a less-than-winning drama-comedy starring Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose life crumbles apart when the love of his life (Katheryn Winnick) leaves him. Thanks to a few too many Brandy Alexanders and an active imagination, Charles Swan descends into a series of "fantasy-inspired reflections on his colorful past."
In other words, it's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas without the drugs, the creativity or the entertainment factor.
Following Charlie Sheen's highly publicized breakdown a few years ago, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III served as his first semi-prominent return to the big screen since. I say "semi-prominent" because no one actually saw the movie n theaters (the movie made $45,350 domestically). On paper, the movie sounds like a natural translation of Sheen's life to the big screen, but the end result is far less fantastic, zany or memorable.
The last time Charlie Sheen was a big movie star (as compared to a big television star) was the early 90's, and that's when it looks and feels like Charles Swan III was made. The humor, writing and overall style are from another era. Read: they don't have modern-day punch. The production feels hastily slapped together without any sense of building to something greater, which is a sign that early on I should stop giving the story one hundred percent of my attention.
In fairness, Charles Swan III isn't nearly the disaster I was expecting. It has a few goofy moments, and the mere presence of Bill Murray (albeit a wasted presence) adds a little charm. The movie is less awful than it is pointless, though there's often fine line between the two. Winning, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is not.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.