Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sometimes 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 of 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.
UnfortunatelyAmy 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: 8 social secretaries out of 10