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i wanted to give this trite piece of social commentary piece a 0, but that option isn't available. what a sad, sad waste of talent there is in this movie - Paul haggis shows that he has researched on every racial slur there is in the world while writing the script though, and every second word is the F word, used as adjective, verb, adverb et al. i've never been to LA, but believe me, car crashes happen in a lot of other cities of the world as well - so to say that LA has a large number of people trying to crash into one another to reach out to their fellow human beings is such a pompous comment that you start laughing the moment it is uttered by the extremely likable Don Cheadle. You can't believe that Cheadle who is the very picture of decency as an actor can have a bad trait in him - when he 'insults' his girlfriend by calling her a Mexian (she's a Puerto Rican-El Salvadorean) you know he doesn't mean it.
Which is what the whole movie is about - none of these people really mean what they say, they are just trying to reach out to each other. Which is even more implausible a theory than the "everyone in LA is a raging racist" one.
Being Julia (2004)
Annette, Annette, Annette!!!!
Being Julia is Bening's Julia!!! The Amazing Annette IS the movie, with apologies to all the other actors, like Lambert's mentor played by Gambon says in the movie, the Theater is the REAL world and all else is virtual, well so is Being Julia where reality and illusion mix and match places and reality which you think is real is very often virtual. Bening gives the performance of 2004 with Julia... she is bloody marvelous!!Jeremy Irons and Gambon and Bruce Greenwood all provide great supporting performances but the rather colourless Shaun Evans is well, colourless. It's hard to imagine a fiery creature like Julia falling in love with T-O-M, but it makes his later behaviour rather plausible. The other memorable performance is by Juliet Stevenson as Julia's personal maid who knows her mistress in and out and is perhaps the only one who knows when the act is an act or the act is real. The production design and cinematography are great as is the score. All in all a wonderful movie with the wonderful Bening.
The movie was good, only because the other films released at the same time were so full of clamour and noise that it seems Raincoat was an oasis of absolute quiet. The settings were wonderful and the production design was amazing. Ajay Devgan gives a raw, wonderful performance and Annu Kapoor and Mouli Ganguly were amazing. Aishwarya gives her most mature performance to date and proves that she can act... though her attempt at adopting a rustic Bihari accent was unnerving. I think what helped her was the she did not need to show undue ,over the top emotions, so she didn't need to really raise the decibel level of her performance. The score with vocals by Shubha Mugdal helped key in all the emotions well.As for the story, while it has been inspired by the Gift of the Magi, throws a light upon contemporary Indian society where the possibilities of marrying the person you love can come true, in most cases love gets replaced by more material things that eases a middle class family's life -- the car, the refrigerator, the gold necklace.