Maps to the Stars (2014) – David Cronenberg takes on Hollywood

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Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars is a drama from David Cronenberg about a famous Hollywood family, a new assistant obsessed with the fame, and the ghosts of the past.

Mia Wasikowska plays Agatha, a young woman who was horrifically burned. She comes to Hollywood and gets a job as a personal assistant to Julianne Moore’s Havana Segrand. Havana’s mother was a Hollywood legend who was burned to death, so you can imagine why Agatha would be obsessed with her family.

Havana is an actress who has never really lived up to her mother’s legend. But she’s been given one heck of an opportunity when she gets to play the role her mother made famous in a remake. It’s a big shot, or at least that’s the idea. But as these lives intersect you get the impression they’re all barely on the brink of sanity.

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars comes from David Cronenberg, a Hollywood legend himself, and best known for The Fly, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and most recently Cosmopolis. He’s definitely a very interesting director.

Bruce Wagner wrote the screenplay. He has a fair bit of experience, though his most famous film is one of his first, as he wrote the screenplay for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Yeah, the third one.

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Maps to the Stars Trailer

Maps to the Stars Release Date

October 31, 2014 – Limited

Who’s In It?

Julianne Moore
John Cusack
Robert Pattinson
Sarah Gadon
Mia Wasikowska

What’s Good About It?

Maps to the Stars has a very good cast, which is to be expected from a film by Cronenberg. And that’s the other great thing this has going for it, which is a great director. He’s been a little odd lately, with Cosmopolis being quite strange, but then most of Cronenberg’s career has been pretty weird. Eastern Promises and A History of Violence were really the oddball films in his career. I wouldn’t say Maps to the Stars will be anywhere near as odd as The Fly, but it certainly appears to be taking an intense look at people with some… interesting… issues.

What’s Bad About It?

My only issue with this is that it appears to be closer to Cosmopolis (which also starred Pattinson) than to Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, which are two of my favorite films in the last ten years.

Our Clever Prediction

Maps to the Stars will likely not be a huge box office smash, but it looks like the performances will be solid, and at the very least it should be a great opportunity for Wasikowska and Pattinson to show how talented they are. If they can hold their own against a powerhouse like Moore, they’re talented.