New month, new Hidden Gems challenge. This month I was looking into the career of Amy Adams. An actress that has been bringing it for years but whose filmography is not very familiar to me. Leaving out her miniseries Sharp Objects which I contemplated on watching for this at one point, I crossed off three of her movies to find a hidden gem.
Having to list something based on a theme you yourself recommended (journalism of course) is ironic. I’m was excited about journalism at the end of 2019 because I work in journalism. Also when I recommended this theme I had just seen one of my recommendations! Now many months later the plan I had has escaped me and now I don’t know what I was thinking. Anyway, here’s my three not so theme within theme recommendations. There is a bit of a connection in here but it took ma AGES to figure out!
After failing miserably with the Blindspot series this year, I decided to create my own version of catching up. Because despite being quite bad with challenges I do love to take them on. So here’s one I created for myself that I hope not to fail – Hidden Gems.
Revenge is a word that has become very violent. We see revenge movies with guns, bombs and the main character just straight up killing everyone. Nocturnal Animals, on the other hand, is more a subtle and a more refined revenge movie, filled with strong emotions around every corner.
Let me just sit here and contemplate on how wonderfully insightful a movie about aliens could be. How it could ask difficult questions, how it can educate and teach us about the importance of language and science without making it too futuristic. Let me just sit here for a moment before I manage to put Arrival into words that would perfectly reflect my state of awe.
There’s a certain power to Spike Jonze’s Her that might not be evident at first but give it time, give it a week even and the idea of Her will slowly but surely build up in your mind into something amazing. That is, after Her you start looking at technology in a whole new way and suddenly you realize, having that artificial friendship/relationship might not be a far fetched idea after all.
I remember when I watched Matthew Goode back when I had a Mandy Moore addiction (due to the tear-fest movie A Walk to Remember) in Chasing Liberty – “oh what a fine man” I thought. Well, years have past and Matthew’s still a fine man but Leap Year doesn’t even come close to Chasing Liberty. Sure, it had the same type road-trip, fake marriage act and a happy ending, but during the entire movie I was more focused on Amy Adams’ hair-catastrophe (the wind sure didn’t like her!) than the story-line. In Chasing Liberty at least there was some extra story-lines and the whole trip was just way more fun than in Leap Year. The reason I compare these two movies is because they seem so a like – as I said, they even have Matthew Goode in common.
But what else I have to say about the romantic comedy that lacked logic and made Matthew look like a money-hungry man (he chased Amy’s character around because he wanted to charge money for taking her to Dublin – nice huh?) and don’t get me started with the main purpose of the road-trip (the girl wanted to propose to her boyfriend – pretty.. romantic isn’t it?) So I’ll just go ahead and fallow Matthew Goode who said that he didn’t like the movie (somewhere) and say the same. I’d give it 1,5 out 5 just because Amy Adams fell off the hill at one point and I enjoyed that.
NB: I must clear out that I don’t hate Amy, I actually liked her in Julie & Julia but I try to focus on a movie on hand (this doesn’t really apply when it comes to my all time favorite actors/actresses but that’s another story) and in this she lacked the appeal that I look for in romantic comedies.