Winona Ryder as a strange and creepy playwright?  We’re checking out the new to DVD movie "The Letter" out this week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  The curtains go up on the review below! 




   Title: "The Letter"

   Grade: 1

   Cast: Winona Ryder, James Franco, Josh Hamilton

   Director: Jay Anania

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 94 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment





The Flick: "The Letter" has a straight case of desiring to be a David Lynch picture.  Problem is it’s just chocked full on nonsensical strange, but without any of the wizard of weird charms that made Lynch so endearing.  What you’re left with is a film that is loosely about a gal who writes a play and slowly goes nuts, but it’s in such a jumbled cinematic mess that it winds up irritating instead of engaging.  The only saving grace from this fiasco (it ain't James Franco as a weirdo – not buying it!) are the loving close-up shots of a fetching Winona Ryder who still looks good, but is still hard to swallow as a crazy person.  This is one of those times where weird is just wacky - don't open this one. 

Best Feature: The single 'Trailer' of "The Letter" is better and much more cohesive then the flick itself!  (But it’s no surprise that nobody stood up to explain this mess!)

Best Hidden Gem: Again, the cinematographer must have a hidden love of all things Ryder, as she has never looked more arresting.

Worth the Moola: I would mention the picture-esk Ryder, but I’m sure you can get photos of equal quality online.  Let me put it this way - if "The Letter" got lost in the mail nobody would shed a tear.