Time Stands Still
Time Stands Still – Movie Review
Laura Linney stars as a photojournalist who survived a roadside bombing — but may not live through her marriage. Also starring Alicia Silverstone, Brian d’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian
Time Stands Still has got one of those casts to die for. It’s got Eric Bogosian and Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone, so the star power just kind of seeps out of the theatre. It’s written by Donald Margulies, who is terrific at writing about marriages and relationships. He did The Dinner Party, which is wonderful. He’s done a bunch of other things that you’d probably recognize. This one is really well meaning. The idea is that Laura Linney plays a wartime photographer who is coming home because she’s been badly wounded. Her husband is very solicitous in trying very hard to take care of her, even though she’s very cranky. It turns out, as we discover, that they are not actually married, but have been living together for eight years. He came home early and then when she was wounded, flew back. He is also a wartime correspondent, but he writes rather than photographs, and feels his career is kind of on the wane. Eric Bogosian plays the film manager at the magazine for which they both work, and Alicia Silverstone plays his young, trophy girlfriend and eventual bride. So each of them represent some sort of modern wartime archetypel. Laura Linney has got a father that didn’t love her and d’Arcy wants to get married and raise children. Eric Bogosian wants to start a new life with a young woman and Alicia Silverstone is kind of the idiot savant of the piece in that she seems incredibly naive and nearly ditzy but has a heart of gold. The problem I have with this play is that there’s no resolution. The question it poses is really important, which is what do caring people do in the face of tragedy? And there’s not really an answer that’s given here and I guess that if I’m going to be reminded of how much I have and how little other people in the world have and how much they need, I need to have some answer. Do I join an action committee? Do I take pictures? Is there a difference between taking pictures and getting involved? While this play presents a lot, I actually wanted a little bit more from it, so three stars.