movies: miss pettigrew lives for a day

miss pettigrew lives for a day - every woman will have her daySometimes you wonder where they come up with some of those "if you enjoyed such and such a movie, you'll love this movie"... but I have to say, anybody who enjoyed Mrs Henderson Presents will probably end up loving Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day...

It's not quite in the same league, but it is definitely worth a look. It's a sweet movie, and it gave me more than a few giggles.

Frances McDormand does a great turn as the title character, she manages to pull off that whole "plain looking but loaded with character" thing really well, and there are a couple of points where you end up watching her even though she's not at the front of the scene.

Unfortunately Amy Adams seems to be a little more uneven in her acting... she's trying this whole Marilyn Monroe kind of breathless and ditzy thing that doesn't QUITE work for her... but she's playing the type of character who spends their whole time "acting", and there are a couple of moments where the "real" character shines through from underneath.

There is eye candy galore too... from the briefly naked and highly shagable Tom Payne to Lee Pace as the heart-of-gold piano player... even the slightly evil Mark Strong is pretty damn stylish...

Actually, the whole movie is pretty stylish... it's all very 1940's inspired (well, it would be, being set just before the start of World War II), and the set design is wonderfully art deco... which I love at the best of times.

All in all, while it's perhaps a little uneven in spots (more so at the beginning I think), it is a sweet and funny movie and worth seeing.

yani's rating: 3 social secretaries out of 5

2 comments:

Dr. Sparky said...

I thought this was seeing if only for the great work of both actresses.

yani said...

I won't disagree with you... Amy Adams grew on me as the movie progressed...

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