Hidden Gems: Anne Hathaway

The movie challenge Hidden Gems starts off with Anne Hathaway. An actress who’s work I’ve enjoyed over the years but who has been in movies I’ve not liked either. She had a controversial vibe surrounding her during her Oscar campaign. Partly because there was just too much of her and apparently Anne Hathaway in small dozes is better. Also her Oscar hosting gig really didn’t do her any favours. Anyway, for this month I watched three of her movies I hadn’t seen before and two of them were disasters. As expected, Hidden Gems is basically a challenge where I torture myself.

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Ocean’s Eight (2018)

From the depths of my drafts comes a movie review I wrote many months ago.

There was an article about Ocean’s Eight I stumbled on, which gave me a moment of thought. It stated that the lack of conflict, which some critics see as a negative about the film, actually highlights the importance of a female led film. It makes sense and I agree with that point of view… but Ocean’s Eight is still a pretty boring movie.

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The Intern (2015)

the internFather of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and most importantly, The Holiday – these are just some of the movies Nancy Meyers has written that I adore and love. In other words, Meyers has always had a place in my heart. And though she still continues to have her own little modern office somewhere in the depths of my heart, I most likely won’t turn to The Intern on a rainy day like I would for The Holiday.

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Les Misérables (2012)

Les MiserablesFirst off, don’t be mad about the rating, I know it’s super low and most likely will anger many Hathaway fans, Jackman fans and Hooper fans as well, but I just couldn’t rate it higher than this. Reasons are quite simple, first off, I myself am not a fan of musicals, I would’ve avoided Les Misérables completely if I hadn’t promised to see all the Best Picture nominations. Second reason being the fact that this movie happened to be in a situation of comparison, and currently the lowest score I’ve given was one point higher than RAW. Therefore, taking into account MY personal preferences and MY experience with the previous nominations, Les Miséreables failed to impress.

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The Dark Knight Rises

And the time has arrived, I’m now finally posting a review on this summer’s most anticipated movies. To give you an idea of my struggles to write this post, just know, that this is the third draft for The Dark Knight Rises. It was and still is difficult to form precise thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s end to the Batman trilogy and possibly the end of the best Batman story ever told. Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about writing this review for weeks and every time I try to analyze the movie I get stuck in this area of vague feelings flouting around. From the moment of walking out of the cinema up until now, I have been certain that I liked the movie rather than loved it but with every draft I keep confusing myself and these vague illusions of “loved it” keep popping into my mind so, even after almost a month of contemplating my feelings about TDKR I still have no idea, if I like it a lot or love it.

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# 140 – Love and Other Drugs

Second movie I had a pleasure (and I really mean pleasure this time) to watch at the cinema these past two weeks was Love and Other Drugs. The movie that I was waiting patiently for a while now didn’t disappoint me actually, this might have been the best romantic-comedy I have watched in a long time! It might be too much to some, cause there is a lot of sex scenes and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT!

But the story itself was surprising because not all was told in the trailer and I really didn’t read much about the movie – they probably didn’t advertise the part that came as a shock. A very nice twist to the story, a very logical reason to fit the typical romantic-comedy moments into the screenplay – the meet, the split, the reunite – you know the deal. Usually the split is so unrealistic that it makes you think if their love is even real, but this one kind of seemed something that was coming up as a logical moment that was supposed to happen. I am not making sense right? I’m sorry, I can’t give away a lot of the story but I do have couple of things to say.

1. Don’t really watch it with the family, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal are naked a lot in this movie – and not because they live in a universe that didn’t have any clothes.

2. There is something you should know about Jake Gyllenhaal, his butt looks better than his face.

3. Anne Hathaway might have been the little innocent princess when she was little but she is all grown up now.

4. The story includes the beginning (because apparently this movie takes place in the past) of the little blue pill that changed the world – Viagra.

5. Despite being a story placed in the past (also based on a book – everything is lately) it looks very modern and fresh. To be honest, I didn’t even notice it before Viagra came into the picture because it was the story how it all started for the small pill.

6. I think that the chemistry between Anne and Jake was believable and they where comfortable with each other: while wearing clothes and while not wearing clothes.

7. The best “I love you” – shockingly surprising and funny – nicely played!

All in all, all good things I think – and based on other romantic comedies, this ranks high for me – 4 out of 5.  Here are also some stills from the movie and two shots of Anne’s flat – I think it’s homey in the tortured-artist-waitress style way. Yes, it is messy but it suits her character – you’d understand after you see the movie.

# 59 – Love and Other Drugs

Five reasons I want to see this movie: 1. Jake Gyllenhaal! – ever since Brokeback Mountain I have loved him! 2. Anne Hathaway! – she seems so carefree and fun in this one! 3. Based on the trailer it seems to be a decent romantic comedy – since there hasn’t been a good one for a while I have set all hopes on this one! 4. Good writing – based on the scenes in the trailer the script doesn’t look stupid, hope the whole movie has the same feeling. 5. Gabriel Macht – he isn’t in the trailer but I hope he has a big role in the movie because ever since Because I Said So  I have loved him!