|CAST:||SEAN PENN - CHEYENNE|
|FRANCES McDORMAND - JANE|
|JUDD HIRSCH - MORDECAI MIDLER|
|DAVID BYRNE - HIMSELF|
It’s the film's messy and convoluted journey from point A to point B that lets it down, with too many balls in the air when its base character can contribute so much on his own without all the superfluous fluff. The film's sub-plots - including a friendship between Cheyenne and a young fan Mary (Irish new-comer Eve Hewson) - are sweet but confusing at best.
As for Penn’s performance... While odd and irratic, his Cheyenne is utterly appealing although it's difficult to pinpoint why. His squeaky baby-like voice can be grating but is often the source of laugh-out-loud one liners. Cheyenne isn’t shy on intelligence either, but is comes out as innocent, naive and almost adolescent, contributing to the character's never ending supply of endearing qualities.
By far, the best thing the film has got going is its infectious Talking Heads-based soundtrack provided by their frontman David Byrne, who also makes an all-too-brief appearance as himself in the film with a live performance of the film’s title track. Byrne also wrote the film’s score, placing his unmistakable stamp on every note.
Serving as a hypothetical “Where are they now?” film, this is one to be enjoyed by music lovers of ‘The Cure’ and ‘Talking Heads’ era.