As my kind friend Jenny Davidson points out, there is no beard (see link, which she thoughtfully sent me). But there is Viggo. I will watch Viggo in anything, and I'm fond of Cronenberg - earlyish Cronenberg, anyway. So I'm looking forward to their latest collaboration:
"Describing Eastern Promises, Mortensen also quotes Montgomery Clift, who said, “The only line that’s wrong in Shakespeare is that art is holding a mirror up to nature. You hold up a magnifying glass.” And sure enough, if the violence in A History of Violence was shockingly rough, here it’s absolutely hard-core, intensely magnified. A fight in a bathhouse will be one of the most talked-about scenes this year. “It all has such a strong impact because it’s done in real time, not in a fancy way,” says Mortensen. “It’s the forces of nature at work, like watching a snake swallow a frog.” "
I think the review oversells "A History of Violence". It was a good movie, and extremely well acted by Viggo (not that I'm biased), but I wouldn't agree that it was a shoe-in for the Oscars or the Cannes awards (which it also just missed out on). Certainly worth watching on DVD while waiting for "Eastern Promises". Or you could just be normal and have a life, without bothering much with either.