Apparently this is the time for movies I wouldn’t normally see or review. Let’s face it the rom com isn’t typically me. Granted a lot of that is I find them depressing at this point in my life. Though let me be clear this is not a Romantic Comedy. It’s a drama-dy? I really don’t know what this classifies as?
Let’s get to it shall we?
Written, Produced, and Directed by Nancy Meyers, the woman who gave us The Holiday, Baby Boom, and….Private Benjamin? She has some interesting history. The triple threat of being the money, the script, and the one telling people what to do can be dangerous indeed and many people don’t handle it well. Meyers appears to be an exception to the rule bringing a movie that is actually full of heart and charm to the screen. She had a script which attracted raw star power as well.
Any film starring both Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro should lean to the strong. but neither guarantees alone. This time is a home run for both actors. Hathaway does not go into Devil Wears Prada territory and I cannot get enough of this woman’s smile. She also gets to display her range of acting here that is just so damn genuine that you forget she is acting; kinda the point I suppose. De Niro is in good form as well, giving while not his greatest dramatic performance, perhaps one of his more nuanced of late. There’s a lot of subtlety in what he brings here and that’s part of what makes the movie work. A supporting cast including with the amazing Rene Russo doesn’t hurt your film either.
The movie as far as technical details go is very middle of the road. It doesn’t do a lot in any dramatic or narrative sense of filmmaking, but what it does do it does remarkably well. There are so many films these days in which I, and other critics, claim are hollow, emotionless, and otherwise forgettable. I want to remember this movie for all that it did right and avoided doing wrong – which is a talent in itself.
Hard to believe, but it needs to be a short review on this one. I actually want people to see it. I think it’s a good date movie. I got to see it with my best friend, which also worked out along the themes of the film.
If you like the style of movie the trailer presents, see it. You won’t be dissappointed. The movie made me smile, made me cry, made me laugh. It let me enjoy and if something can make me enjoy for even 90 minutes…I’ll take it.