My Dinner With Herve
Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan
Written and directed by Sacha Gervasi
HBO October 20th 8:00 PM
My Dinner With Herve is an excellent movie that is part biopic and part ruminations on the meaning of life. It is based on the meeting between magazine writer Sacha Gervazi and Herve Villechaize (of Fantasy Island and James Bond The Man With the Golden Gun fame). My Dinner With Herve airs on HBO October 20th at 8 PM and is a lot more interesting than any TV or internet blurb might indicate
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is excellent in the title role of a movie he had long sought to bring to life. Dinklage plays Villechaize in the last couple of weeks of his life and grasping at the last straw he has to tell his story. Jamie Dornan is also very good as journalist Danny Tate who is 30-days sober, separated from his wife, and facing his own demons.
Tate was sent to L.A on a last-chance assignment to do a hatchet piece on a famous writer and then a fluff piece on Villechaize on the 20th anniversary of Fantasy Island. The Villechaize interview makes Tate late for the meeting with the famous author. The author is pissed at having had to wait and dismisses Tate.
This is where the story really starts as Villechaize picks up Tate in a long white limousine. Between bouts of drinking (where Tate remains stone cold sober) and side trips to a strip club and the Fantasy Island set, Villechaize tells his story, or versions of his story. Tate grows more and more impatient as he feels he is wasting his time yet Villechaize keeps him interested enough to keep going until sunrise.
Each man forces the other to face the truth about himself and the major mistakes he has made. This makes for a movie that is more than just a biographical presentation of a once famous person.
My Dinner With Herve has a couple of weak points. It is probably a couple of scenes too long and Dinklage’s Villechaize accent is sometimes hard to understand.
This is more than made up for by excellent writing with some very memorable lines. My Dinner With Herve is definitely worth watching and recording for a later viewing or two.