On Friday, October 23, the movie “Rock the Kasbah” hit cinemas. Based on the true story of Setara Hussainzada, it follows Richie Lanz
(Bill Murray), a down-in-the-dumps talent manager, who randomly decides to go
to Afghanistan with Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), his current client. However, his
path drastically changes and leads him to the spectacular—and forbidden—singing
talent Salima (Leema Lubany).
All of the actors do a fantastic job. There are plenty of
personalities who successfully draw in various demographics. Deschanel
attracted younger audiences. Bruce Willis, who took the role of a brusque
mercenary, has a devoted fan base. And some may find the emerging talent in
The scenery was beautiful, and every frame was correctly
proportioned. Every transition scenes provided plenty of little clues for the
audience to notice, or stunning shots for them to drool over. Each scene was
given the audio backdrop of Cat Stevens, which held a certain
relevance to the storyline, and faded in and out with precision.
But while the storyline, casting, and soundtrack was promising, the
delivery was disappointing.
When it came to the flow of the film, the editing left a bad taste
in my mouth. There were awkward moments of dead air as actors deliberated lines,
followed by sections of plot jumped over in favor of more exciting events.
This occurs several times in the movie. Normally, this wouldn’t be
an issue, considering the audience gets the essential information. Yet there
are still points which could use more meat.
At the very beginning, the scene switches from an ugly dive bar
where Ronnie is singing cover songs to a beautifully decorated Afghani
airplane. There’s something in between that the audience may want to see.
did Ronnie react to Richie’s decision?
Why would she agree?
These are questions
that remain unanswered. Later, a serious tragedy occurs, and the opportunity for a
heart-wrenching resolution is missed. The characters never come to terms with
each other, and overall proves to lack the excitement we desired from the
danger already given.
All of these little gaps would have been perfect places to add
comedy, drama, or even just simple character development.
films go, “Rock the Kasbah” promised the best, but fell short of my expectations.
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