Posted September 24, 2008 in The Small Screen

To transform into Mark David Chapman, the infamous killer of John Lennon, for Chapter 27 Jared Leto gained a whopping 67 pounds. Was he upset that Christian Bale had beaten his paltry 28 pound Requiem for a Dream weight loss by losing 63 pounds of his own for The Machinist? The world may never know. But alas, Hollywood (and the general public) is more impressed with weight loss than weight gain. Nobody cares that you drank microwaved Ben & Jerry’s to get closer to our normal weight, Mr. Leto. And you just sound sadly pathetic, milking our sympathies with your stories of I had to start taking a wheelchair from the trailer to the location because my feet hurt. Wah wah wah. Don’t worry everybody. Leto shed all that horrific—what is the emoticon for facetiousness?—extra weight as you can see in the special feach. He loves a transformative physical challenge. This is the stuff we have to talk about in a review of Chapter 27, because the movie itself is a say nothing waste of 84 slow minutes, as everyone is careful to avoid the glamorization of a killer, especially when it concerns one of our global icons. You could get more information about what happened December 8, 1980 by looking at Wikipedia, or gain more psychological understanding of people by reading Yoko Ono’s letter to the parole board asking them to keep Chapman behind bars. For the record, The Catcher in the Rye (which was Chapman’s “statement” about why he did it) has only 26 chapters. So, like . . . this is the final chapter. Right. No wonder Salinger prefers solitude.   (Red Vaughn) 


Genius Entertainment/Peace Arch Entertainment, 84 minutes

Release date: September 30





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