Review: Look At Me by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is exceptionally talented. As much carping as I’ve done about poorly written books, you’d think I’d curl up with the words of a brilliant author in a ball of contentment. But this book fails in execution. The best example is to compare it to the movie 300: the slow-mo battle sequences are bad@$$ and necessary (how else would you discern every nuance of Leonidas’s awesomeness?), but too many lesser scenes in slo-mo dilute the overall effect. By the time the viewer sees the Queen walking in slo-mo (again) and dipping her hands in a fountain, they cease to be transfixed and begin to ponder that eternal question of the modern cinematic age: How long would 300 be without slo-mo? read more