Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place in theaters Now

By Liz Lopez

Rating B-

If you are not a fan of the vampire saga that continues when it opens this weekend, there are several options to choose from, especially viewing Sean Penn portray Cheyenne, a former rock star in the feature film, This Must be the Place. Although the script went in an entirely different direction than what I had anticipated regarding his late father’s obsession for seeking revenge, I still managed to enjoy watching Penn dressed ‘Goth’ and living in Dublin off his royalties at age 50. He is also married to Jane (Frances McDormand) a firefighter who manages the household while the aging rocker does little to nothing.

The film does have an excellent cast that aides in telling the story of Cheyenne’s journey back to New York and the discoveries along the way, especially Judd Hirsch as Mordecai Midler and Harry Dean Stanton as Robert Plath, as well as others including Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Joyce Van Patten, Olwen Fouere, Shea Whigham, Liron Levo, Heinz Lieven.

The film also has a cameo from David Byrne who plays himself and sadly, it is much too short. I would have enjoyed him form a larger part of this story and screenplay written by Paolo Sorrentino, who also directs the film.

Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, across America at his own very slow pace. This is a road trip of sorts, like others we have seen before, but nonetheless, the cast of characters created for this story are interesting. This film may not appeal to all, but Sean Penn fans who admire how he takes on a variety of personalities may just enjoy him in more than the usual movie set makeup. Bright red, if I do recall, and he even gives the gals his beauty tips!


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