Showing posts from June, 2010

Leap Year

I can't believe this movie worked. It shouldn't have worked. It doesn't have much star appeal, any unique plot elements, or real surprises. hated it.

I loved it. The scenes in Ireland captured a sort of comfortable European-ness. Although really witty dialogue is obviously out of fashion, the writers of this script managed some truly lively conversations and memorable moments without doing any uncomfortable calisthenics.

I think my love for this film stems from the just-off moral tightrope the characters walk. Anna (Amy Adams) never cheats on Jeremy (Adam Scott). Declan (a scrumptious Matthew Goode) never hits on her. Jeremy seems to be an innocent victim of circumstance (eventually! Amy and Matthew did a WONDERFUL job pretending to be truly spiteful to each-other), until Anna discovers Jeremy's true character, and realizes why she has fallen in love with someone else. It made sense.

I think I was won completely over when both characters were finall…

Cyrano de Bergerac

Gerard Depardieu handled his part brilliantly until the final scenes. His deep-set eyes and expressive shoulders carried the manly poet character clearly. Unfortunately, his death scene/scenes felt protracted and almost comical. They remained true to the nature of his final injury, though. He certainly seemed almost completely delirious.

I feel certain from the tone and overall plot that this story is mean to be a tragedy, or at least a tragic farce. I felt that had Cyrano's character been better written (better translated? I was, after all, stuck reading the subtitles due to the almost *ahem* decade since I last studied French), the romantic potential would have been almost boundless. I feel about Cyrano much as recent writers feel about Count Dracula. The romantic potential is simply unfulfilled.

This version of the film had extremely disappointing English subtitles, as if someone who didn't speak a word of French or Spanish used a computer program to translate. The words d…