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The Films of Tim Blake Nelson

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Anesthesia (June 28/18)

A disappointing misfire, Anesthesia opens with the brutal mugging of a beloved professor (Sam Waterston's Walter Zarrow) on the streets of New York City - with the movie subsequently detailing the exploits of several characters in the buildup to the violent altercation. There's little doubt that Anesthesia suffers from an almost astonishingly ineffective and downright annoying first half, as writer/director Tim Blake Nelson has suffused the proceedings with dialogue that's often unconvincing and aggressively on-the-nose and heavy-handed in its execution - which ensures, certainly, that the movie's multitude of protagonists are uniformly unable to become compelling or sympathetic. The arms-length atmosphere prevents the viewer from working up much interest in the various characters' comings and goings, although it's equally clear that Nelson, at least, does manage to pepper the narrative with a very small handful of affecting moments (eg Corey Stoll's Sam laments his decision to have children with his wife at a young age). And although Nelson's decidedly overwrought approach to the material remains problematic, Anesthesia benefits from a melancholic closing stretch that, overlooking a typically far-from-subtle lecture from Waterston's character, fares somewhat better than one might've anticipated - with the end result a terminally erratic endeavor that stands as a serious step backwards for an otherwise solid filmmaker.

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© David Nusair