The NYC premiere night, presented by Deleon Tequila, was glittering and star-filled — though the accompanying movie is anything but.
The distance between the red carpet where Mark Ruffalo, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom, and Christopher Thornton sauntered on, smiled, and the movie they presented, the Ruffalo-directed Sympathy for Delicious, presented by Deleon Tequila, was significant.
And, by that, we mean nothing critical about the movie — it’s an intense, darkly funny, throttle-up salvation fable that features an incredible performance from Thornton.
Bloom collects the souls of Iggy Pop, Sid Vicious, and Nigel Tufnel for his hilarious (and equally disturbing) turn as a self-imagined punk god, and Ruffalo is his usual thoughtful self — he actually makes acting seem like an intellectual pursuit rather than compulsive self-promotion.
The fact that the party continued in the Garden Room at the Soho Mondrian was remarkable in many ways — because, like the misty, humid night on which it was shown — Sympathy for Delicious leaves the viewer with a peculiar melancholy.