(saw this movie a while ago and lazily have not gotten around to reviewing till now)
note: i think it's important and i forgot to include it initally, but this movie is directed by peyton reed, the same man who directed 'BRING IT ON.' i think that should be a little telling.
if only i could watch ewan mcgregor stride around in those clothes with that smile for 2 hours and be completely content my life would be so much easier. however the plot, writing, and acting of renee zellweger threw me off and into a distaste for this movie.
it's in the way she walks with the ass swung as far as possible to each side with every step. in the way she holds her hands up like a small squirrel will begging for food. in the way she talks with that irritating high pitched lilt. i just cannot bring myself to like her. except when she's got some weight on her bones and is playing bridget jones'. and even then it's all mostly about the colin firth.
there's this great plot twist in the movie. i won't give it away. but it almost ALMOST makes up for the sheer trite tripe of the rest of the movie. for like 30 seconds after it's revealed i sat there dumb and gaping going, 'well hell, this movie is practically a jeweled gem all of a sudden!' but then it slid back into another 20 minutes or so of stupidity and i lost my affection for it again.
the fact that they were trying SO HARD to make a cart grant old skool type romantic comedy but in color and without the innocence of those days was just lame. the scene where ewan and renee are on the phone and are simulating sex with the split screen shots was funny, don't get me wrong, but also just too contrived.
ewan was great. david hyde pierce was hell of funny, brilliant comic genius of a man. but on the whole down with love (about which i was very excited) was rather a disappointment. due to the complete lack of special effects or big screen budget, i would recommend rental over paying full admission price.Posted by michele at June 02, 2003 11:00 AM