“Rebel in the rye” – a movie that every writer needs to watch.

Rebel in the rye movie poster with Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey

Hello, dear readers! Today I am back with another movie review. Do you know what kind of movies I love the most? The ones that are about writers. It doesn’t matter, if it’s based on real life events or not  – those type of movies just get me inspired and make me feel like someday I could accomplish something similar some day. There’s just something beautiful about the creative madness they portray. The struggle, the pain, love, sometimes even mental illness – all this mix tends to blow me away.

Today I’m reviewing “Rebel in the rye” – a movie, based on true events from J. D. Salinger’s life. What’s even better – Nicholas Hoult is starring the main role as Salinger himself. If you don’t know that – Nicholas Hoult is my favorite male actor and no, that’s not only because of TV series “Skins”, even though that’s exactly how I discovered him. Anyways, back to the movie. Even though it received only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes  and was rated 6,6/10 on IMDB , I thought it is worth mentioning it because, honestly, it is underrated by critics and definitely is a success not a failure. The plot follows Salinger’s life and starts few years before he goes to War when he struggles to publish his first work, meets Oona O’Neil and ends with the portrayal of his life after publishing “The Catcher in the Rye”’. You can watch the trailer here, before I continue with my thoughts about the movie.

So, besides Nicholas Hoult in main role, I loved the portrayal of a struggling writer, who does not know, if he is any good but continues to write anyway. There was one quote that stuck in my mind the most, which is this: “Are you willing to devote your life to telling the stories, knowing that you may get nothing in return? And if the answer to that question is no, well, then you should go out there and find yourself something else to do with your life because you are not a true writer.” It really made me think a lot about how I feel about writing and shed a tear because there is nothing more beautiful that a person, who is truly passionate about something. So passionate that he’s almost on the edge of madness.

When it comes to war scenes, they were very sad, grievous and definitely not easy to watch. Violence and tragic events in movies usually do not affect me but these scenes really did. I really got into the movie and it almost broke my heart, knowing that the main character could not survive and “The catcher in the rye” could have never been written. Thankfully, as you all know, Salinger survived and that is the reason why such well know book “The rebel in the rye” exists. Even though some people gave the movie two and three star reviews, I will have to disagree with them because I love the movie so much that I started crying close to the end because it really impressed me in the best way and got me thinking about my own passion for writing.

Overall rating: 9/10

If you are a writer or a passionate reader, who appreciates more than just chick flicks, you will really enjoy this movie. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts when I will be back with different kind of post. (Seriously, this is second movie review in a row, I can’t go on like this forever.)

Love, Porcelain Doll.

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