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In the 80's "Working Girl", the heroine worked beyond the call of duty
and triumphed despite her dragon boss. Her reward was her own office
amongst thousands of identical offices but other than that last
pull-away shot the lifestyle she had bought into (struggled into) went
unquestioned. Here, faced with the same success, our 00's girl says
"No, that's not me" and rejects the non-life of the super-successful.
Is this perhaps a healthier message?
Otherwise, an enjoyable movie thanks mainly to Streep and Tucci - without whom it would have been another in the Princess Diaries franchise. A bit of a step-back for Hathaway after breaking away in "Brokeback Mountain", I'd have thought, though it was fun to see the film-makers style her as an Audrey Hepburn in the Paris scenes. There is a lot about the movie that doesn't make sense, but then we came for the bitchy dialogue, didn't we?
I went to see this movie without catching any reviews, expecting
something rather depressing and underfunded.
Let me stop there and start again.
This movie is a revelation from start to finish. A convincing future world, deftly conveyed with so many subtle signals that I'm sure it will benefit from further viewings. A completely "other" England which I was amazed to see realised in such detail. Clive Owen FINALLY has the heroic role we have been waiting for and is brilliant in it. Julianne Moore simply glows and I've never enjoyed Sir Michael Caine so much before. The soundtrack is beautifully eclectic. Aside from some excellent classical choices, there's an evocative and alternative Spanish take on "Ruby Tuesday" which is a signature on the film. Wait during the end titles to enjoy an excremental song from Jarvis Cocker.
The movie grabbed my attention right from the start, and never let go. Initially, it's the differences of this future world that intrigue. Then, when the action starts, what I found really surprising was the freshness of direction that made me react to bullets and violence as if I'd never seen them in a movie before. If the script wasn't so wonderfully leavened with wit, it would be a grim and scary movie at times.
Finally, the whole thing is lit brilliantly, from the authentic dim English days to the atmospheric ending.
One to watch alongside "The Handmaid's Tale" some time....
I didn't realise how much I needed this movie. It was like a good
after months of takeout food. It reminded me a bit of "Breaking Away" from
way back in
1979. It really is that long since I saw a film that drifts along at the
pace of smalltown
obsessions and gives characters the breathing room to grow on screen.
The questions that this film asks are ones I am facing at the moment - whether I can live alone or should I let people into my life, and I found it refreshing not to be sledgehammered by Hollywood logic which is so unconvincing and unsustaining.
It's great to see an Indie film reach a wider audience. The strength of the material is highlighted by the number of familiar faces from quality shows that this director has managed to attract (attention fans of "Six Feet Under", "Sex and the City", "Spin City", "Dawson's Creek").
The end IS abrupt, and I was disappointed for a moment, but then the journey had been accomplished and the characters had moved on some, but I would be delighted to go and see "Station Agent 2" and catch up on these characters again. Hell, I'd move in next to Patricia Clarkson on the lakeside any day!
It may be that to most observers it has an unrealistic or contrived storyline, but for me as an adopted person, this film is very cathartic and it always grips me and makes me cry a great deal of good tears. I hope my eventual meeting with my natural Mother goes as well and that my natural family is like Patty Dukes! The storyline allows participants on both sides of the adoption to express their perspectives and there is a great deal of suspense over when and how "Greg" will reveal himself as the lost brother. Even Stephen Spielberg couldn't wring so much emotion from a movie.