Saturday, October 15, 2005

Elizabethtown reviewed

Well, I got to go see it last night. The settings of a movie can really affect an experience. First of all, I'm in Louisville, and most of the scenes were shot here in town, so as everyone saw the same old streets they drive on everyday suddenly lit up on the Big Screen, they all clapped and cheered. It was like seeing a home movie almost. Can I just say, one of my pet peeves is people who clap in a theater. The actors/director CAN'T HEAR YOU, stop applauding. Applause has to be given to someone.

Secondly, there was a huge girl behind us that kept trash talking the movie, making fun of Kirsten Dunst (calling her ugly and psycho etc - yes, the pot was calling the kettle black), and relentlessly snorting. Yes, snorting. It reminded me of the story of when Jesus sent a legion of demons into a herd of swine. She wouldn't stop cussing about the actors, story line, etc. She was just trying to get attention, but people didn't come to the theater to give her attention.

Aside from external factors, I also had my own biases influencing my experience. Having lived here for over 3 years, and knowing the town very well now, I have to say it was rather exciting to see my world from the point of view of someone who doesn't live here. Crowe really brought out a lot of the beauty of the area.

Concerning the movie: Kirsten Dunst, who I typically don't like (I think she's often overrated) did a great job with the Southern accent, really brought life to the character, and after the movie I'm a bigger fan of her now. Orlando Bloom also acted the character he was portraying well; a guy on a downward spiral after a big crash in his business.

I would almost say that this was the Garden State of the South, but I'm not going to because I actually think that as a story it upstaged Garden State, although Zach Braff did a much better job than Orlando Bloom. The soundtrack is, I think, my new most favorite soundtrack of all times in any movie. I'm going to have to go buy it.

I left the movie realizing that I was falling for the idealistic, overly romanticized fantasy of relationships that never really happens. Chick flicks don't do that to me because they're always so unrealistic, but I wouldn't classify this movie as a chick flick because there was too much depth in the storyline, and some of it's almost realistic (specifically when they're up all night talking on the phone - we've all been there). It definitely made my car a lot emptier and lonelier on the way home. However, I would recommend it to everyone.

Grade: A-

AMENDMENT: You may entirely disagree with me, because according to my cousin Sara and a couple of friends of mine, this movie wasn't that great, and I'm overcrediting it. Well, you make the decision and let me know what you thought. Like I said, I have a biased opinion.

Here's a funny site making fun of romance novels

17 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan said...

I'm not as good at reviewing movies as Scott, though I actually studied film in my undergrad. He knows everything about movies.

Sat Oct 15, 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

i cant wait to see this movie as orlando and kirsten are two of my faves...also i think soon enough you will find your girl so it wont be such a lonely drive home! let me know how the interview went...and where it was!

Sat Oct 15, 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

i'm so going to see it sometime...

a little known fact: obnoxiousness is amplified in movie theaters.

Sat Oct 15, 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger Nikki Daniel said...

Jonathan,
I have two things to say:
1. Elizabeth Town was great! They shouldn't have cut out all of Patty Griffin's music, though.
2. Have you ever noticed that there are SOOO many girls that comment on your blog?! Face it-you're a stud! (Of course, my fiance is THE stud, but you know what I mean).

Sun Oct 16, 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Hmmm... that's an interesting observation.

I have two things to say in response to #2 (catching the E-town reference?)

A.)Girls seem to be more internet savvy when it comes to blogs (I have way more guy than girl friends, but most guy friends don't have blogs), and
B.)Girls are more likely to take a minute to leave a comment.

Thanks for the comment, Nikki AKA Ms.Popularity. Your fiance is THE stud, I concur.

Sun Oct 16, 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

It appears that Sara has just reviewed this movie as well, if you're interested in a different point of view.

Sun Oct 16, 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Juliana said...

I noticed the other day how many girls leave comments on your blog, Jonathan. I guess you are just a stud, like Nikki said...ha! :)

Mon Oct 17, 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

No, I'm not a stud. John Piper is a stud.

Mon Oct 17, 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I have definitely laughed my heinie off at those fake romance novel covers before -- well, mostly off... I do still have a heinie left, which is convenient for sitting. But shoot. They're so great!

Mon Oct 17, 09:00:00 PM  
Blogger bethy31 said...

agree that John Piper is the stud standard.

Tue Oct 18, 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger Nunzia said...

sorry to have burst your bubble :)

Tue Oct 18, 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Bradley said...

Did someone say...JOHN PIPER??????!!!!!!!???!!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

Tue Oct 18, 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Baconlover said...

Jonathan, Don't let someone else's opinion about a movie affect yours! You are way too smart and capable of making up your own mind about a movie. I loved Dirty Dancing Havana Nights, and in some aspects, I think it's better than the original. And you know what, I totally own how much I love it, and you should do the same with Elizabethtown.

Sometimes movies that really do it for us don't do it for the majority of people who watch it, so the movie is considered insignificant. But it shouldn't be. There were really good moments in Elizabethtown, and the soundtrack kicked butt, and it's set near where you live, and I think maybe part of the absurdity of the tap dance and flaming papiermache bird is a reflection on the absurdity of life and road trips and family. And as I was watching it, all of those things were reasons that I thought Elizabethtown would be a movie you'd like. In a way, the movie seemed to be made with someone like you in mind, so you should embrace that, and stick with your gut reaction.

Wed Oct 19, 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

i think you've decided that you officially like e-town...seeing as you've added it to your favorite movie list :)

Wed Oct 19, 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

YAY! I like it again. Sara has encouraged me to not give up on it.

:)

Wed Oct 19, 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Scooter said...

I think you should hate the movie. It's good to hate things.

Kidding.

Or am I?...

Thu Oct 20, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

i finally saw it and i agree...it was a really good movie :)

Sat Oct 29, 12:18:00 PM  

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