“The Words” seems to have jumbled the lines and created a melodrama that is a sore disappointment. Starring Bradley Cooper as Rory Jansen, a struggling writer who has been working on a novel for the last three years only to have it dismissed by many agencies. As life moves forward he is still struggling to figure out where he fits in. It seems like everyone is moving forward except for him. Zoe Saldana is Dora Jansen the dedicated girlfriend who marries Rory and never gives up on his talent. During a trip to Paris for their honeymoon she picks up an antique briefcase for him to use for his work.
As Rory begins to lose all hope and confidence in his writing he stores his manuscripts in his new case only to run across a masterpiece. Enclosed in the case for years is a love story of heartache and sorrow just waiting for someone to find. When Rory finds the words he realizes that this talent is a level he will never reach. It makes him doubt anything he has even done and wanting to experience what it is like to have words like this pour out of you he starts copying word for word the manuscript he found.
When his wife Dora finds what she believes to be his new piece of work she is proud and speechless. The emotion and feelings he poured into this novel is something she knew he had potential of doing, but had not reached before. Not wanting to disappoint Dora he takes credit for the writing and at her suggestion turns it into the publisher he is working for. Immediately his boss is impressed, the novel is published and Rory is a raging success. But at what cost? Rory must live with the knowledge that he has stolen someone’s work not to mention that he will never know if his writing is truly successful as everyone will base his work off of this one great novel.
The story gets more dimensional as the true writer comes forward and reaches out to Rory. Not wanting anything from him but understanding that this was a personal story about his life and how he put his tears and pain into words only to have them published by someone years later. “The Words” pulls you in but gets rather bland and repetitive. The idea of having three story lines going on at once while trying to interpret the words was too much for me to handle. It lacked drama that might have made it more intriguing. The casting is the one thing that salvages the film in someway. Zoe Saldana was a delight as always and Bradley Cooper offered a more sensitive side. The chemistry was there, but the storyline did not do it justice. “The Words” had the ability to be a great romance, but never reaches it’s true potential with the multiple layers it added. And just as quickly as the story begins you are left with an ending that will leave you with many loose ends.