Christine Movie Review
On July 15, 1974, reporter Christine Chubbuck appeared on air, put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. The captivating drama Christine explores what led to her suicide and features an award-worthy performance by Rebecca Hall.
Hall is fantastic in the lead, nearly unrecognizable as she assumes the persona of the late Chubbuck, who suffered from depression and a constant feeling that she didn't fit in. Obsessed with her career and unable to connect with others, Hall’s portrayal of Christine is sad, depressing and full of anguish. It's easily one of the finest performances of her career.
Director Antonio Campos takes a very direct and straightforward approach to the film, which is penned by first-time writer Craig Shilowich. Neither filmmaker will get the accolades they deserve as a result, but the movie is finely tuned and an emotionally riveting tale.
At two hours long, the movie begins to feel stretched--there just isn't enough story to warrant such a runtime, though the late hour at which I watched the movie and multiple whiskies I had probably didn't help either.
But length is the film's only real issue, and it's a minor one. Hall’s performance alone makes the movie worth it, but the real-life event and this interesting character study make it one of the better movies of 2016.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.