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Friday, October 14, 2005

Elizabethtown: A Review

The venerable VT Mrs has reviewed Elizabethtown, Cameron Crowe's latest. I have to confess to not knowing that she went to the theatre.

Seen it? We want to know what you think.

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Surreal, self indulgent, artsy, sometimes insightful.

[Orlando] Bloom’s Drew is a lost Odysseus, bright and successful who crashes and is totally lost in his self denial and lost self confidence. [Kirsten] Dunst’s Claire is a magical, “clair”voyant, guiding Athene who keeps turning up with a broad, self confident smile and gently nudging or definitely nagging or shouting orders. She starts out the relationship by drawing him a map and ends the relationship by sending him on a voyage into himself. She’s a kind of enabling therapy goddess.

The movie has some very touching and exalting moments nevertheless and lots of gorgeous American scenery and even some significant history icons thrown in for emphasis.

The best truth about relationships in Elizabethtown is that the reason they’re getting along so well together is that they’re on the phone--and another point where she says it’s better not to get physical because then a couple can still be good friends.

But alas, why in Hollywood do all sensitive guys have to be lost and all secure guys have to be incommunicative and action oriented? Why does this all-knowing goddess throw herself at this guy without any commitment? Does she have a magical salve for sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancy? Sigh.

The portrait of Southern small towns and especially Southern women hits so true that it’s the funniest thing in the whole movie. But I can’t find any hunk in Mr. Bloom, though my teenage daughter would beg to differ.

Don’t worry, we had a long talk about it.

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Blogger girlfriday said...

Orlando Bloom was Legolas. That's it. That's why he's a hunk. We like to imagine our celebrities as actually acting like the characters they play, with all the bravery, self denial and whimsy.

Monday, October 17, 2005


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