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Double Feature [Dec. 26th, 2007|05:11 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
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I was getting my typical Christmas Bah Humbugs... It really didn't help that there was no power at work on Monday, since that meant it was harder to do what I needed to get done at home. (better connection, software, etc. at work.) It was mostly done, all but an e-letter to configure and send and I told the project manager that I thought I could get it out on Tuesday. We had the day off, but I was already behind, so I didn't mind doing a bit extra. I finished my part and sent the preview out, was just waiting on any correction. So I decided to check the movie times at the Framingham multiplex.

I saw that Enchanted had at 4:35 showing (and no more last night). I missed seeing it with the group when I stayed in NY over Thanksgiving. Several said that they would want to see it again, but they were busy with family Christmas gatherings. I called the Lewises who were considering seeing it, but Suford told me that Alice thought it would be "embarrassment humor" and they weren't interested afterall. But I decided that I really should go out to see it anyway.

The theater was crowded and the earlier showing had sold out, but I got my ticket, something to eat (since I skipped lunch) and was able to get a pretty good seat. It turned out the row behind me had a family and even I was tall enough to be in the way of the little girl, so I shifted a seat and put my jacket next to me. However, right before the movie started, a couple chose that seat and the one next to it to sit down (there were not many seats remaining.) The guy was pretty tall and I could tell that the little girl was upset, so I told him that there was a small child behind him. He ended up slumping in his chair for the entire movie!

I really enjoyed the movie, especially since I was familiar with many of the NYC scenes (but not Andalasia...) There was the typical geography problems that movies have. Riverside & Broadway are two blocks apart at 116th, but the apartment was at one, a restaurant at another, and a visual scene looked like they were across an intersection. But I was also questioning why Robert & Morgan were in a cab in the Bowery when he works in midtown and their apartment is Upper West Side... But I suppose that the Bowery was a better scene to place a misplaced fairy tale princess than Harlem...

Ever since Times Square got Disneyfied, it seemed too touristry. I'm glad that it didn't get worse (except for the enchanted manhole cover that was used as the entrance to our world.)

It was very enjoyable, if a bit too sugary. But I expected that. And Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy) does reluctant romantic very well.

I was in the mood to see one more movie, so I went back to the box office to decide what to see next...

There were lots of different choices I am Legend, Golden Compass, The Water Horse, Sweeney Todd, National Treasure (and in the premium Theater), but I felt like seeing another romance/chick-flick, so I decided on P.S. I Love You. It was a real tear-jerker. Hillary Swank plays a young widow. Some of the movie takes place the year after her husband died, and some in flashbacks. Gerry knew he was dying, so he prepared letters, gifts and suprises to arrive for her and help her transition to life without him. Sometimes she became too dependant on them, at other times they did help her find herself.

The supporting cast was very good, many from popular TV shows (Lisa Kudrow searching for Mr. Right), James Masters as the (American dark haired) husband of another friend (there is a cute Buffy reference in the movie), Jeffrey Morgan (Denny Duquette from Grey's) as a new Irish love interest, and Harry Connick, Jr as a guy with a mental disability that causes him to be rude (but he has pills for that!)

The movie was predictable, but upbeat as well as sad. Both movies also shared NYC scenes, Columbus Circle for one!
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[User Picture]From: shsilver
2007-12-26 10:59 pm (UTC)
We took the girls to see Enchanted on Christmas Eve. Robin, Elaine, and I enjoyed it. Melanie spent most of the movie telling Elaine and me she wanted to go home and didn't like it, although after it was over she was telling us how much she enjoyed it.

The film has several "Easter Eggs," some obvious: The Italian restaurant is named for the song from "Lady and the Tramp." And I loved Patrick Dempsey during the big production number in Central Park. Also loved the apartment clean-up scene. The only time I couldn't suspend my disbelief was at Dempsey letting her stay at his apartment...just didn't ring true, although at least he had the sense to move his daughter into his room.

As we left the theatre, the guy at the box office gave me four passes good until February 2009.
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[User Picture]From: sfrose
2007-12-26 11:19 pm (UTC)
The flies and the roaches in the apartment clean-up scene kind of squicked me. But it was funny seeing Morgan and Robert getting rid of all of the "pests" and not noticing the change in the apartment.

Another scene that I liked (with the suspension of disbelief) was the "better than a fairy god-mother" shopping spree with Daddy's emergency Gold card.
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[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2007-12-27 09:11 am (UTC)
I thought the flies and roaches thing was pretty funny, not squicky, but I too thought it odd that neither Morgan nor Robert seemed to notice that the place was now much cleaner and neater.

My favorite line was after the Prince has come to rescue the Princess and she's convinced him that Patrick Dempsey helped her: "Thanks for assisting my bride, peasants" :->
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[User Picture]From: sfrose
2007-12-27 08:30 pm (UTC)
Nancy (Robert's almost fiance) did notice the difference!

I've also been wondering what happened to Robert's first wife. I'm guessing she died in childbirth since Morgan is six and Robert knew Nancy for five years.
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[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2007-12-27 09:12 pm (UTC)
Robert says in the heart-to-heart conversation at the pizza parlour what happened to her: she left them. That's the reason why he's become so practical and so disdainful of the idea of happy fairy-tale endings.
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[User Picture]From: sfrose
2007-12-27 09:21 pm (UTC)
I just got the impression that he wasn't ready to tell Giselle the full story. He saw how she reacted to the couple getting a divorce, she might have reacted even worse with a sadder story. (And dieing is a form of leaving...) In a segue to the other movie, they made a point of a husband can leave by choice (divorce) or not (by death.)
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[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2007-12-27 09:59 pm (UTC)
Was there something specific in that scene that made you think he wasn't telling the full truth? Seemed pretty straightforward to me: his wife left him so he's cynical about happy endings.
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[User Picture]From: sfrose
2007-12-27 10:09 pm (UTC)
I don't remember specifically at this point. It was really just an impression. A loving wife dying could make him just as cynical. "Happily ever after" doesn't mean much if one spouse dies.
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[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2007-12-27 10:42 pm (UTC)
Without evidence to the contrary, I'd just take the script at face value: he said his wife left them and that's why he doesn't believe in romance. It makes sense in the context of the story. I don't think that death would make you as cynical as betrayal, personally.
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[User Picture]From: sfrose
2007-12-27 10:59 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. I just felt like there was something missing from that scene. There may have previously been something more definitive but was cut from the movie.
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