As I have mentioned before, I love Ben Barnes. I love him so much that I watched the entire movie The Words just for him. Okay, so maybe I was a little intrigued by the story, but it was mostly for Ben.
In the movie, Dennis Quaid is Clayton Hammond, a best-selling author who is doing a reading of his most recent book. His book tells the story of Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) who is an aspiring author just waiting for someone to fall in love with his writing and publish his book. Zoe Saldana plays his super-supportive wife, who buys him a gift that dramatically changes both their lives. On their honeymoon in Paris, she buys him a briefcase in which he discovers a manuscript for a novel. Apparently, this is the novel that every writer wishes they could write–we’re talking life changing stuff here.
Once his wife reads it and insists that it is the best thing he has ever written, Rory faces a serious moral dilemma, one that would be hard for just about anyone. Should he attempt to get the book published and take the credit for someone else’s work and open the door to getting his other writings published, or should he close that door and do the honest thing?
Well, it wouldn’t be much of a story if he didn’t get the book published, now would it? Rory is an overnight sensation and everyone loves his book. Everyone, except for an old man (Jeremy Irons) who begins stalking him. Eventually, Rory comes to find out that the old man is the actual author of the book he has claimed, and tells him about how he came to write the book. This puts Rory in another moral dilemma. Should he come clean and tell the world he is a phony, or keep his mouth shut and do as his agent suggests and pay the old man off?
This movie is essentially three stories in one package: Clayton’s story, Rory’s story, and the old man’s story. I think the concept is interesting, but I almost think I would rather have seen a movie that focused more on the plot of the infamous book. Every time someone talked about how astonishingly good the book was the more I wanted to know what made it so earth-shattering. I think the cast gave it their all, and I could relate to Rory’s moral dilemmas, but other than that, this really was kind of a blah movie.
On a side note, I find it kind of funny that a movie about a plagiarizer was also accused of plagiarism. Apparently there is a German novel with roughly the same plot as this movie.