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The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (Movie) Review

 
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Length: 100 min
 
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3.5/ 5


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An interesting lead character draws you into his believable tale.

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Some minor discrepancies and a few bizarre twists distract from the overall message.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Though it does suffer a bit here and there from minor discrepancies and a few bizarre turns, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is an interesting film with a dynamic lead character who pulls you in and makes you like him, against your best judgment.

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Posted March 18, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

As The Immortal Augustus Gladstone begins, viewers glimpse a tombstone bearing a rather unusual birth/death ratio, igniting curiosity and a little puzzlement as we see that the deceased has passed the 150 year mark. How to explain this odd fact? Well, as Augustus himself will tell it, it is because he is a vampire, which renders him immortal (a fact that has obviously already been proven untrue from the opening scene featuring his tombstone).

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is the latest in the increasingly popular faux documentary genre, and for the most part it comes across as something that could be true, in the sense that it is implied that he is benignly delusional. The film crew has found Augustus because he has begun telling his story online via Youtube videos. He lives, along with a temperamental young man named Tom, in an abandoned hotel that is slated for eventual renovation. Though Augustus has made the place his own with a variety of retro style furnishings as well as an extensive collection of drawings and paperwork from his life, he is now suffering under the threat of imminent eviction.

It being an abandoned hotel, and Augustus being a 150 year old vampire inhabiting the body of an effeminate man somewhat past his prime, you naturally question how on earth he would manage to post Youtube videos. The film attempts to explain that away by featuring a young friend who has gifted him with both the computer and the idea, and Augustus does mention that he runs cords up from the basement of the hotel (presumably where a generator arrives). However, it does not explain how he would have access to internet, and it portrays him plugging things into a wall outlet, so it’s a bit less authentic than it could be. It also never answers how Augustus manages to be clean and well groomed, and afford to tip well and hop on flights, when he’s essentially homeless.

Once one gets past the little discrepancies, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is actually a fairly entertaining film. Whether you buy into the idea that Augustus is what he says he is, or lean toward the idea of mental illness that is thrown out there by the crew, he’s a unique individual. Unfailingly polite, impeccably groomed, and all southern charm, he is interesting to watch. The film crew, who play themselves in the film, give a convincing performance that is a mix of kindness and fascination. As Augustus’ mental state takes a disturbing turn, they seem genuinely concerned for his well being, signifying a team that has become emotionally involved with their subject.

Though it does suffer a bit here and there from minor discrepancies and a few bizarre turns, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is an interesting film with a dynamic lead character who pulls you in and makes you like him, against your best judgment.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)