Dear hubby was away for work last week and I took the opportunity to catch up on some movie watching. I had a list of a few I've wanted to watch for awhile. God love him, but hubby is a terrible person to watch girl movies with. He sighs, fidgets, rolls his eyes and generally gets on my nerves when I'm engrossed in a particularly tissue worthy scene. I'd rather he be out of the house. So, I left the local movie store with 4 DVDs with a bookish twist. Here are my thoughts:
First up, Nancy Drew. I watched this with the kid. Actually, I watched. She ate a whole bowl of popcorn and spent most of the movie asking questions. At the end, she declared that she loved it. Myself, I wasn't so impressed. The movie had a dual personality. Okay, so she's old fashioned Nancy solving mysteries, then why send her to LA? Apparently, to point out to the audience, with the help of some annoying 'mean girls' that Nancy is different. So, is it a mystery or a teen angst flick? I spent most of it wishing I had reread Secret of the Old Clock instead. It would have been a better use of time.
The same night, The Jane Austen Book Club. I so enjoyed this. I haven't read the book yet, but now really want to. I love how the characters related their own lives to each Jane Austen book. It made me want a club like that myself. Maybe some Austen purists will poo-poo it, but I found it cleverly done. I want a "What Would Jane Do" t-shirt.
Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. I was interested in seeing this after reading Marie-Therese, Child of Terror. I was disappointed by it. It was Reality Bites, if it was the 1700's and the characters were all Bourbons. The dialogue was too modern and there was gratuitous shopping. I was a bit bored. On a positive note, the scenery and the costumes were gorgeous.
The Painted Veil. Hubby returned for this one. An adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novel, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, and how can you go wrong with Edward Norton. He's an amazing actor. A couple marry for the wrong reason, the wife has an affair and as punishment the husband drags her into the middle of China during a cholera epidemic. Somehow they fall madly in love with each other... and then bad stuff happens. I liked how this was about marriage and how people don't really know each until the sh*t hits the fan. Also, beautiful to look at. I'd watch it again.
So, it was 2 duds and 2 greats. Not bad.
So any recommendations for my next chick flick night?