Matthew McConaughey Responds To Sea of Trees Being Booed At Cannes Film Festival
Matthew McConaughey’s new movie The Sea of Trees was greeted by a concert of boos and whistles when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Friday. Audience members reportedly jeered and laughed at the Gus Van Sant drama, which the Hollywood trades described as “long-winded” and “woefully sentimental and maudlin.”
Despite the embarrassing reception, McConaughey responded to the criticism in stride and defended the film, which is about a man’s emotional journey traveling to Japan’s famed “Suicide Forest” at the base of Mount Fiji. “I liked the experience of making it and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world,” McConaughey told reporters Saturday. “Anyone has any right to either boo or ovate.”
Much of the criticism reportedly appears to be placed on corny flashback scenes featuring McConaughey’s character bickering with his wife, played by Naomi Watts. Reviewers have singled out the dialogue as being laughably bad.
The panned film appears to have ended McConaughey’s hot streak of acclaimed performances, nicknamed the “McConaissance.” The actor won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2014 for his portrayal of a cowboy diagnosed as HIV-positive in Dallas Buyer’s Club and drew rave reviews for his roles in Magic Mike and Interstellar.
Watch video of the actor discussing the film below. What do you think of the Cannes Film Festival’s reaction towards Matthew McConaughey’s film?