The saga of “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a young woman deeply traumatized after witnessing (and, inadvertently, helping to cause) a terrible accident, wouldn’t be as interesting if the movie weren’t so good. Shot in 2005 and released seven years later, it was one of the movie highlights of 2012; a beautifully acted, sprawling tale of what it means to grow up. Its behind-the-scenes tale was every bit as complex, and deeply unfortunate: arguments with financiers, dueling versions of the film (including one by Martin Scorsese), a Twitter campaign to get the movie released, a legal dispute that carried on until this past week, when film financier Gary Gilbert filed a formal request for the lawsuit’s dismissal. It’s worth reading about the film’s struggles, just to get a sense of what it takes to get a movie into theaters; it’s even more worth seeing “Margaret,” a movie whose award hopes disappeared amongst the squabbling. Lonergan, perhaps understandably, doesn’t currently have a new movie in the works; he’s adapting E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” for BBC television.
April 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM