As you can see from the clip, that's Cate Blanchett as Bobby Z, a bit of casting (five other actors play the Voice of His Generation at some point in the film) that has caused a lot of critical thumbsucking and fan frothing.
Glenn's take (short version):
Me, I think Blanchett's a great actress as well as a talented mimic, and that she manages to let an eager, literature-loving kid from Hibbing emerge from behind the shades here. But for Christ's sake, people. It's a two minute clip from an uncompleted film. Imagine if you had never seen Citizen Kane. Imagine, then, if I showed you a rough version of the scene between William Alland and Paul Stewart near the end of the picture ("Sentimental fellow, huh?" "Maybe yes, maybe no.") Imagine if, after that, I asked you to form an opinion of the entire film based on that. If you had any kind of modesty or decency as a person—we're not even getting to the area of critical acumen—you would demure.
As todays kids would have it -- right on, right on.
PS: Miss Havisham of Wingnuttia Ann Althouse had a long thread about this up today, and in a display of blithering idiocy remarkable even by her
Here's the link in case you think I made that last up.
BTW -- if you aren't reading Glenn's blog on a regular basis you're missing something special. Although the ostensible focus of it is merely films and flicks, Glenn's a brilliant writer with eclectic and wideranging interests; as far as I'm concerned the only guy on the web who's his peer is James Wolcott.