Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece
Director Nenad Cicin-Sain, who co-wrote with veteran producer Richard N. Gladstein, takes a style over substance approach, filling his frames with an abundance of gorgeously lit and composed images (kudos to cinematographer Mihai Malaimare) while offering too much first-draft dialogue, a clutch of skipped story beats and skimmed thematics, plus an overall lack of urgency.
By the time the film winds its way to a key revelation involving Warner's past and his connection to a recurring woman of interest (
The movie's ill-directed leads don't help matters. Bentley, despite his striking good looks and dark earnestness, mostly mumbles and gazes his way through his undercooked role. As for Langella, one of the screen's most reliably riveting presences, he pushes the cranky-prickly button here with a one-note automaticity that implies more rush job than rich canvas.
"The Time Being"
Rating: No MPAA rating
Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Playing: Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills