Adapted from a novel by John Fante, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust stars Colin Farrell as Arturo Bandini, a young writer who comes to Los Angeles during the Great Depression in order to write a novel. As the film opens, he is down to his last nickel and decides to spend it on coffee in a diner. He is served by Camilla (Salma Hayek), a Mexican beauty he is instantly attracted to even though he treats her horribly during their first interaction. Soon the pair is involved in a relationship that finds them sparring with each other at first, but slowly learning to trust each other. Bandini meets the acquaintance of a desperate woman who sees him as the most desirable man in the world. Eventually Arturo and Camilla get away from the city and their love deepens as he attempts to finish his novel. Donald Sutherland co-stars as a seedy but helpful and loyal neighbor. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
I read some of the other reviews; everyone has a right to their opinion. I enjoyed the movie and thought the chemistry between Camilla and Arturo was hot. Does it enjoy 5 stars? No, but taken at face value, the movie was different and alright.
Setting, costumes etc seemed authentic. The anger and hatred between Hayek and Farrel to create the conflict in the story was a little over the top. The acting was very good despite that. The other conflict with Farrel's character figuring out how to become a good writer was well done. I would definitely recommend renting this movie. This is a chick flick and i can understand men giving it a bad review.
The pace of the movie matched the depth of the characters. The movie is worth the time. If you don't watch it to the end you will not see the value. The ocean scene was sexy but the love scene was tender and beautiful.
Ask the Dust is plain and simply a bad movie. As I watched the movie, I found myself "asking" myself alot of questions. Why should I care about this worthless deadbeat writer? Why should I care about this waitress? Why should I care about their relationship when they suck as characters and they hate eachother? All they do is fight. Seriously, Who cares about this story? Well, as the movie wore on, I grew more intolerant. It's so slow and boring. I started fast forwarding just to get it over with. Now I know why Selma gets nude in the film, it was the only thing they could sell to get people to watch. Trust me, it's not enough. This movie sucks - Skip it.
There is a "rule" in screenwriting -- don't use voice-over narration. If you can't show your story happening and therefore need narration, then you need to rethink your movie. While I don't think this is true as a universal rule -- there are some narrated films that work, "A Christmas Story," for example -- with "Ask the Dust" I kept asking myself, "Why am I watching a movie when it seems like our protagonist is reading the entire novel to me?".... Slow pacing... bad acting... uninspired direction.... John Fante's novel by this title is good, though.
A movie that seems much longer than it actually is because the characters are irritating. The story revolves around a romance between Arturo and Camilla, a couple who act like they hate each other because they each have issues, so it takes forever for them to get together. It's just annoying and stupid.
The title should have been "Not Worth the Dust". Too bad. It started out intriguing, but as one reviewer said it progressively lost more and more momentum as it went on. In the end there was little point to it. The one star goes for the attractive and decently portrayed main characters. Too bad they had little material. Why Donald Sutherland would even accept such a stupid role is beyond me.