To begin, allow me to state the obvious on Brittany Murphy's career. We can all agree that she is a stunning, stunning woman. But the scintillating revelation unveils itself as the persona of the character that indeed harnesses the energy of her attraction. Brittany Murphy would be nothing with her portrayal of junkies, hookers & other beasties that prowl the night streets in search of money, security, and a seedy sexual environment. This is her fate in The Dead Girl all in fact that she is the dead girl of which the title speaks. Her role is one littered with deeply affecting tragedy. The one thing I can't shake my mind from is how these new-wave "indie" dramas with their esteemed recycled actors steal so much from an existing film that is so much better than the uninspired reimagined film at hand.
Several characters explore an odyssey of many virtues that all systematically revolve around a "dead girl". There's the sister, the wife, the stranger, the mother, and the dead girl. Each narrative fleshes out related characters and the "small world" we live in. If anything, The Dead Girl is thought-provoking on a level that causes me to stop and ponder thoughts reenacting possible fates for everyone that I've interacted with recently. While The Dead Girl is an overused and overexploited mosaic narrative, the ideas are fresh and cunning which boosts it from rental fodder to a film that is worthy to own.
11:14 is a film that can be called a dark comedy when terms become placed freely. Although the film does feature sparse drama, the collective piece is generally kooky and a case inimitable fun. The Dead Girl, on the other hand, is a collective of narrative tragedies. Plot holes are left in purposely to pose a threat of anonymity to the film. It works to a degree but upon second guessing, It becomes annoying to leave fates unexplained. The Dead Girl is one of the perfected recipes of character-woven films. From Giovanni Ribisi to Josh Brolin, The Dead Girl is all star talent packed with a stellar script. I highly recommend this over bull shit like Juno, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and other Wes Anderson films save for Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.