If everything Robert Pattinson touches turns to gold, will the British mega-star work his alchemy on “Cosmopolis”? The 2003 novel is considered to be one of author Don DeLillo’s weakest works, and its current revival has cultivated a new crop of unflattering reviews.
“My Mind is Blown, and Not in a Good Way” read a recent headline from the Robert Pattinson fan blog, “Rob My World”, which is hosting a chapter-by-chapter readalong of DeLillo’s text. The abysmal three-star Amazon.com rating—not to mention similar critical commentary—corroborates widespread doubts about the quality of the book. Reviews like these stand apart from those of the novels corresponding to Pattinson’s earlier films; “Water for Elephants” was a New York Times Bestseller and “The Twilight Saga” was internationally renowned.
Perhaps it was not the story, but the character, who compelled Pattinson to take the role.
The commentary from Hollywood News on the novel doesn’t surprise me based on the rumblings in Twitter-ville. I agree with the final line: “the film project is likely to surpass the book.”
We’re a chatty bunch of limo riders and drivers so let’s talk about some stuff…
Do you agree with the reviews surrounding the novel? Why is it negatively received? I read our comments and often feel like we’ve read a different book than the one reviewed. We know Pattinson felt you don’t say no to Cronenberg…any other reason you think he took the part? Lastly, how successful do you see the film being? Is the Pattinson/Cronenberg combo just what Eric Packer needs?