The Words is being touted as a rather sappy movie by critics, but fans seem to like it. It was written and directed by the duo that brought you the recent Tron… Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal and I would tend to forgive them a bit of sappiness. What I really liked was the layering of the plot and the fact that it all revolved around writing. You never knew exactly which turn it might take as to who was doing what to who’s manuscript.
The other thing to commend this movie is the cast. Led by Bradley Cooper, who I think is a fine actor if somewhat one-dimensional (the pretty boy who is only so smart) and then Jeremy Irons as the old man, Dennis Quaid as the uber-author, Olivia Wilde as the love interest for Quaid and a small and rather insignificant role for a favorite character actor, JK Simmons.
This story is worthy of any number of hedge fund managers that overhears a trading play at the Core Club and then meanders back to the desk to pen his or her own variation of the trade. Having Quaid write about the foibles is like a FoF manager layering the trade by including an allocation in the broader FoF portfolio.
The difference here is that you get all this layering without having to double up on the movie fees….which is a big improvement over what happens on the HF circuit.
I generally liked the film and found it more entertaining than not….even if a tad sappy.