Sunday, January 11, 2004

A Life Less Ordinary

I was flipping through the channels on TV late last night when I same across ascene with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. It seemed to be some hostage scene, soI thought "what the hell" and decided to watch it.

Much to my surprise, this movie I've heard of but knew nothing about was rightdown my alley. I'm a pretty big fan of McGregor and the Trainspottingalumni Boyle and Hodge, so I'm not sure why I didn't bother with the film. Maybebecause it was billed as a "romantic comedy"?

If A Life Less Ordinary isa romatic comedy, then it's my kind of romantic comedy. It's exciting, funny (coz usually romcoms aren't), sweet and has just the right kind of insanity toappeal to me.

Having a look around the net, it seems to have got quite a critical thrashing.Except for my favourite critic Stephanie Zacharek (just see the Buffy stuff she wrotefor Salon and NY Times).She seems to haveseen it pretty much the same as me. Well, except for the bit where she comparesit to the French New Wave.. coz I don't know jack about that.. She says :

"A Life Less Ordinary" is a quintessentially American romance -- a movie with lots of action, gunplay, general mayhem and plenty of wide-open spaces, but also with an intimacy between its two central characters (a boy and a girl, naturally) that seems to infuse, like perfume, the very air they breathe. These are lovers who are willing to take a bullet for each other: You can't get much harder than that.

I think people are looking for something that's a bit more Meg Ryan territory, whenthey should be looking more to Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting. Either way, this wasa fun little movie.

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