A film about love, lost memories, and living up to expectations. Bernard Rose’s ‘Two Jacks’, starring Dany Huston, Jack Huston, and Sienna miller, is an indie comedy drama based on Leo Tolstoy’s iconic short story Two Hussars. It is the tale of legendary film director Jack Hussar (Danny Huston) who returns to Hollywood after a lengthy absence, looking to finance a new project. His return to the scene is met with awe and excitement. In a series of wild adventures, he hits the bottle, seduces a beautiful woman (Sienna Miller) and fights with studio execs, winning the money he needs in a poker game. Twenty years down the line, the filmmakers son (Jack Huston) comes to town to make his directorial debut amid curiosity as to whether he’s inherited his fathers gift.
Two Jacks is the latest film in Bernard Rose’s fascinating, ongoing Tolstoy project. It’s sharply intelligent, ingenious and an insightful modern day adaptation of a Tolstoy’s story. Dany Huston outlays a fanciful performance as the self absorbed, boozing, washed up director, who is seen as somewhat of a legend through the eyes of many in Hollywood. Jack Huston, portraying Jack Hussar JR, gives a great performance as the youthful, naive director trying to live up to his fathers name. The Two Jacks are very similar in nature, they are both party loving, alcohol drinking womanisers trying to make it in the nebulous business of Hollywood. And both actors do an outstanding job of portraying such characters. The film is visually stunning: the eye catching backdrop of the Hollywood Hills is matched by the spectacular costumes designed by Julia Clancy.
Two Jacks is Bernard Roses’s fourth film in his Tolystoy series. A gripping adaptation that will no doubt have viewers captivated. Definitely worth a watch.View it on IMDb