Well, well, well. It was an important day for television yesterday, when the Emmy awards were given out to the best of the best. I did not watch the Emmy award show itself but I did read through the list of winners, and spent way too long staring at those daring red carpet looks. So I figured I’d talk a little about it and share some of my thoughts about this year’s Emmy awards.
For this review I am just going back in time, so it is kind of like a teen-blast-from-the-past. I saw this years ago, considering it is from 2004, it might have been 7 years ago which is quite a long time. That being said, I watched it again just to fill my mind with a mindless romantic comedy and switch myself off for a while.
Although I am not a big fan of romantic comedies, this movie serves more a role of a great memory. I love those teenage movies that I watched when I was 15 or 16. Everything seemed so good and sweet and now when I watch them, they don’t feel like those lame and silly romcom’s (although they definitely are) but rather a cute movies. Addition to this, I would say that I wouldn’t recommend it to my young self now but considering the context, I recommend it to those fun girl’s sleepovers with junk food and gossip.
Story is simple, the president’s daughter longs to have a social life – especially a boyfriend or just a man in her life (not only the bodyguards). And when the president and his family go to Europe for a political visit: all the president’s plans hit the fan and the “action” begins. Reason is simple, the daughter, Anna (Moore) escapes the bodyguards and meets Ben (Goode). I think it says it all and no need to go further into the movie. All in all, it was just a great entertainment for me and my friend to watch together (while being in different cities and syncing our movies – cause we are weird like that) in the evening instead of studying. We had a great time, laughed at the ridiculous things and just spent some quality time – while being separate. That’s what I call a friendship!
Even though I’m feeling critical today, I have to say I enjoyed Dedication a lot more that I thought I would. The main reason why I wanted to see this movie was because of Justin Theroux who directed it. Theroux is first and foremost an actor but he also has done some screenplay writing (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2) and Dedication was his first try at directing.
Dedication features a writer played by Billy Crudup who looses his illustrator (Tom Wilkinson) and is assigned a new one by his publicist. Since he has some issues and problems, opinions that he can’t shake off and he really doesn’t like his new illustrator (Mandy Moore) at first he stirs up some trouble. But since she is very nice and patient (after she gets used to him) he falls in love with her. The chemistry between them is interesting, I like his darkness and her lightness which makes them opposites and apparently they attract.
Directing was okay, I liked some scenes very much, for instance the one where the writer was looking for the stone on the beach, and his driving scenes were brilliant as well. Then again the whole vibe of the movie was pretty interesting and sweet. I like the tortured writer types, I relate to them in a way that makes me like them more than other characters. That is probably the reason why I liked it more that the score IMDb has for it (which is 6,7) – I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. Besides, I watched it a while ago and I remember it as it was yesterday so I recommend it.
You’re probably wondering why am I watching animated Disney movies.. well, they are the easiest ones to watch when your head has just read through narrative theories and syntax and paradigmatic and a whole lot of other semiotic stuff that I don’t want to get into right now. While romantic comedies are also easy they tend to make me mad, whilst animated movies just pass me by and don’t leave me cursing.
Anyway, the latest Disney was Tangled. I watched this weeks ago and I’m just getting to this review which is really bad but I will manage. The story is simple cause it is based on a fairytale,
what a surprise: Rapunzel. Well, not sure how the original fairytale went but it probably wasn’t funny – Tangled had a quite cute humor to it. Interesting fact is that the male character who was voiced over by Zachary Levi known from a TV-show called Chuck – was just like I imagined Zachary to be. Honestly, even his character in Chuck – it’s Chuck by the way – feels like his true personality. So Flynn felt realistic, as realistic as a drawn character could look. Rapunzel was voiced by Mandy Moore and you guessed right, Tangled is a bit of a musical. That was annoying and I didn’t really tuned in with the songs.
Without getting into the story I would add that there was a pretty awesome visual in the movie when Rapunzel and Flynn were on a lake and I even decided to add those pictures as stills from the animation. I rarely enjoy a animated movie scene this much since I thought it was put together beautifully and it looked amazing. But as far as scoring the movie goes I have no intention to do so because it is meant for kids and kids will probably love it so.. that says enough.