By Mica Wilhite
Between “Beauty and the Beast” and her current film, “The Circle,” this has been a big year for the Emma Watson. Best known for her quick-witted Hermoine Granger role in the Harry Potter films, she has not been seen in a major motion film since the 2012 critically acclaimed “The Perks of Being A Wallflower.”
Now, she is playing opposite two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and has top billing in a film based on the 2013 Dave Eggers’ novel about privacy in the Internet Age. The novel is a dystopic science fiction tale that harkens back to the Big Brother themes in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
Watson plays Mae Holland, a young woman who lands a prestigious job at the Internet company, The Circle, and eventually becomes the company’s public face by agreeing to “go transparent.” Mae agrees to wear a tiny camera at all times so her daily life activities are streamed live to anyone around the world who wants to watch them.
With only 16% on the Rotten Tomatometer, you might think the film has almost no redeeming aspects. In fact, though, it is a timely and important story which is why is has been made into a movie so soon after the publication of Eggers’ novel.
The challenge that was not overcome by director James Ponsoldt was that “The Circle” is an immense story to tell in only 110 minutes. The plot unfolds awkwardly and without a steady compass and poses more questions than it provides answers.
“The Circle” (110 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for strong language and thematic elements. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848. com for a full list of show times. Then I encourage seeing this film to consider for yourself if “secrets are lies” and if “privacy is theft.”
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