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This is not what you'd expect from the cover art or blurb on the back
of the DVD case. The movie is actually very entertaining, but mostly
thought-provoking. In considering the lie from a new perspective the
movie depicts it as a necessary part of our mental landscape. It also
presents a constant stream of interconnected ideas about how lying
functions and what life would be like without it.
Gervais delivers a well-crafted script which is critical of the unreasoning acceptance of religious blind faith as much as it is of a reasoned application of Darwin's theories of natural selection. As a Christian I was able to laugh with the movie, but if you do have a faith, be prepared to go in to the experience with an open mind and to be challenged.
Garner (Gervais' love interest) is unable to look past his physical flaws being concerned only with obtaining the best genetic match for her children. She lives in a constant tension between her irrational emotional needs and an immense pressure to live rationally, taking life only at face value. The other half of this love story comes from an emotionally open Gervais with a willingness to believe what he wants. The film considers the necessities of overlooking flaws in the one you love, a challenge for both parties at various points. Despite being heavily conceptual the romantic plot is satisfying and the story works as a whole.
This is a deep film that bears re-watching; it's also very funny and this makes it both rare and interesting.
The Object of My Affection is rather heavily aimed at a gay audience - at least it seems that way to me. It retains quite a theatrical feel; there is always the feeling that the director is conscious this is a performance, and it's not given the "natural" or "polished" feel that accompanies so many Hollywood movies. Paul Rudd is perhaps just a little camp of centre for the role of George - he is supposed to be interested in the female lead, after all. However, it's a tricky balancing act, because if he becomes too convincingly involved, he becomes the bad guy, so it's perhaps just as well. Some very classy moments come from his deriding of ex lover Professor Joelly, and some great gay stereotypes are held up for examination along the way. Particularly amusing was Paul's blind date with the Village People wannabe ear nose and throat specialist, and of course, the incredibly self-serving Joelly. Perhaps surprisingly, the strongest performance of the piece comes from Friends star Jennifer Anniston. Struck by the love bug, she admirably portrays the lover in the bedroom next door, and I defy anyone not to be moved by her character's deepest lows. No review of this film would be complete without mention of Nigel Hawthorne, who very nearly steals the limelight from Anniston with his marvelously opinionated (but very likeable) literary critic, forced to share the love of his life. Simply put, he's brilliant. So why does The Object deserve a 10 in my opinion? In the end, the relationships in the movie don't come down to gay or straight, or anything one can label. They're honest to goodness relationships between people - and that's why there is an element of doubt as to who will end up where - at least part of the way through. That's why despite it's light feel, it has the ability to evoke some really deep feelings of tragedy in just the right places. It's everything you wouldn't expect, which is a wonderful breath of fresh air.