Perhaps it’s the quirky side of me that fell head-over-heels in love with this movie. Those who know me well know that most sides of me are quirky… but I digress. I was immediately enthralled by the unique story and the fascinating way in which it was told. Its fantastically twisted reality reminded me of “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, both of which I whole-heartedly loved. Not only was reality explored in a totally backwards way (love it!), but the characters were also thoroughly enchanting. I’m beginning to see a pattern here – I was completely captivated with this movie in the exact way I was with the French film “Amelie”. Quirky, misunderstood, lovable and lonely characters are welcome!
The premise is not entirely new, but the light-hearted, easy warmth of it was much more enjoyable than the sad and dark plot of “The Truman Show”, where everyone lied to poor Truman throughout his entire life (my ultimate fear, by the way). What had the greatest emotional impact for me was the exploration of existentialism and what makes life worth living. While it was warm and touching, it was also intelligent. Coming in second for me was the amazing scene where Will Ferrell sings and plays the guitar. This is one of the main reasons I got my brother a guitar for his birthday. If he can do this, girls will love him! Check this out!
Will Ferrell was flawless and my respect for him has just doubled – how does he go from Ricky Bobby, the NASCAR star, to Harold Crick, a sad and lonely IRS agent? Maggie Gyllenhaal was captivating, prompting me to look for her on my next trip to Netflix.com. Although I didn’t hear much about it when it came out, this movie was a sweet, surprising treasure that I will watch over and over.
|||annie loo 06/15/2007 08:38AM|||
I have been walking by this movie at Blockbuster.....wondering...NOW I will rent it...Hope I like it....