Two movies I saw recently that I absolutely loved. Here’s a back to back look on both films. Enjoy!
One Day was an interesting watch for me. I loved its simplicity and the story is out of the ordinary. Let’s set aside first that i-don’t-understand-why-she-had-to-die-tragically ending and you have a tale seldom portrayed in the media: that of a man and a woman as best friends. Of course in this film the term “best friend” evolves into a romantic status but really, it’s what best describes their relationship. Yup, even better than soulmates. I was fascinated by how these two people, Dexter and Emma, had the emotional connection and yet didn’t get involved until after several failed relationships and even a divorce. Maybe it was Emma’s odd ways and naïve demeanor but after the initial sex hold up they decided to be each other’s confidant. And true enough, that’s what happened. It was certainly an unusual arrangement. Dexter goes on dating girls, living the privileged life and Emma focused on her career but is always there to support him and silently loving him. It’s wonderful at the same time frustrating to see how the 2 characters grow and make wrong decisions as you see their state every July 15 for 20 years. Anne Hathaway always delivers; it’s not even a question anymore if she’s in it you got to watch it. She’s an actress you’ll love not only for her persona but for her body of work. Jim Sturgess was, can I just say, so charming and is one fine English lad! (haha) I didn’t mind all the nakedness going on. Well, his role is supposed to be that way but you believe him in every scene and feel his pain. The ending of course left a big “WHY?!” on my forehead. I didn’t get it – I still don’t. But life’s not fair yada yada yada and all that shit. So I guess you just have to accept that’s what happened. My only wish is that at least they could’ve had a child together so he wouldn’t be so alone. His daughter with his ex-wife somehow doesn’t suffice. Anyways, leaving the theatre your heart feels heavy but more importantly you also feel hope that may be there is someone out there for you. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) and is actually based on a novel of the same name.
Crazy Stupid Love is just that but in a good way. It makes you question love but all the while reinforces your belief in it. It’s everything a romantic comedy should be: smart, witty, outrageous and loveable. I can’t run out of words to describe it! It was sweet, endearing, heartbreaking, sad but ultimately it makes you feel good. Come on, how can you go wrong with Steve Carrell? I honestly think, IMHO, he’s the funniest out there. I’m in love with Emma Stone! She is “IT” – whatever that means. I can’t wait to see her on The Amazing Spider-man. Going back, Ryan Gosling reminded me of his portrayal in The Notebook in the sense that you root for him and it didn’t hurt that he was hot as hell in the movie. The scenes between him and Carrell were funny and how the roles switched towards the end was comical. I appreciated how directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa depicted different types of love. There’s the first love, the forbidden love, the love lost only to be found again and the love that changes everything. The major twist caught me off guard! How all these people were interconnected was a shock. And the supporting cast is not to be taken lightly. You have Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei even Analeigh Tipton (the nanny) and Jonah Bobo (the son) requires a special mention. I loved the movie and I think everyone else did too.