• by Wes Singleton

Woodshock, D+


Rated R, 101 minutes

The dull, disjointed drug drama "Woodshock" comes from fashion mavens Kate and Laura Mulleavy in their feature directorial and writing debuts, respectively. The experimental film is handsomely filmed and scored and has a couple of intriguing moments, even if you have no idea what's really going on.

Theresa (Kirsten Dunst), a woman in the wake of profound loss, is torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.

Directed and written by the Mulleavy sisters, "Woodshock" is at best, a nice looking, intriguing drug drama, but at worst, is a sluggish, incoherent mess. The story never really comes together, in spite of a game turn from "Hidden Figures" Dunst, who wanders around in a dreamlike state hugging trees and eating birthday cakes for a late night dinner. If the Mulleavy sisters would ever discover what they're actually after here, they should let the audience in on this too, or at least give them a few ideas.

Dunst's Theresa works at a shop that sells pot, and her manager ("Game of Thrones'" Pilou Asbek), has issues of his own, while her husband Nick (Joe Cole) is as baffled by her strange behavior as we are. Once she lights up, the dream sequences and the altered states of mind are nice to look at with handsome photography by Peter Flickenberg, and is eerily scored by "Blue Valentine's" Peter Raeburn.

A few silly plot twists in the last act don't really make much sense in "Woodshock" as it very slowly moves toward its climax and ending, which may leave audiences as baffled as they were after they saw Aronofsky's "Mother." The Mulleavy sisters may at some point make a decent, after all look at the success Tom Ford has had, but this is not it. If you really want to see it, wait until it's available as a rental.

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