What makes The Words a standout is the way it builds, like a crescendo.
The film is labeled as a thriller, but it paces more as a drama.
The Words follows Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper,) a struggling writer who is determined to create a masterpiece novel. During his honeymoon with his wife Dora (Zoe Saldana), who continually believes in him throughout, they find a very old briefcase in an antique store.
Rory buys it and when he returns home he finds a manuscript inside. The manuscript tells the story of an American soldier (Ben Barnes) who is stationed in Paris and falls in love with a local (Nora Arnezeder). The love between the couple is tumultuous and very much like a roller coaster.
The manuscript is like nothing Rory has ever read. He then re-types it verbatim and submits it as his own work.
A publisher then buys it and it becomes a best-selling book, which not only ears Rory countless awards, but big success as well.
However, guilt is following Rory and then he comes head-to-head with an old man (Jeremy Irons), who knows of all the details about the novel.
There are other layers to the film, which include other characters such as Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) and Daniella (Olivia Wilde). The layers really close the loop on the film.
Cooper does an incredible job portraying the guilt a writer might feel, especially one who hopes to be great, but resorts to stealing another’s work.
Edited: December 23rd, 2012