I was looking over the previous entry when I noticed that I had seen a few movies before and during exam week that I completely forgot about, not to mention the movie I saw two nights ago, Finding Neverland.
Balzac - this movie was beautiful. Beautiful. I saw it in a very historic theater with a good friend and although I did not cry at the end, I was touched by the emotional story of two friends falling in love with the same girl by reading her forbidden books (such as the story by Balzac). The rural mountains of China (where I think this was filmed) took my breath away.
Ocean's Twelve - I saw Oceans Eleven and I knew that the sequel wasn't as good, but we watched it anyways because my roommate and I did not want to study for exams. It was funny, but Julia Roberts playing Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis suddenly appearing in the middle of the movie playing himself as well did not bode well for the plot. It was a stretch, I barely laughed, and the ending was your typical explanation of how everything 'went down.' Whatever. It is a forgettable movie and that is why I forgot that I had even seen it.
Intolerable Cruelty - You must watch this bomb from the very beginning and you cannot leave. If you do, your friends will HATE explaining who is against who and who is tricking who. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones try to make a movie that is fast-paced in its wit but only end up doing dances around each other while stumbling over bad timing and even worse dialogue. She said WHAT? Did he just ??? My friends and I even stopped the movie so we could watch something else, but ended up putting this back in the DVD player. It was bad until the scene with the asmatic hit-man. We had been holding in our frustration but that scene burst our bubble and we could not stop laughing. What a stupid twist in the plot. But I laughed so hard. My friends and I could not believe how awful . . . argh . . . I can't write about it anymore . . . it boggles my mind even now that two movie stars made such a bad movie. I would have rated it lower had that scene at the end not made it all worth it.
And finally, Finding Neverland. This was a beautiful movie and Johnny Depp shines as J.M Barrie, complete with a few nervous ticks from Pirates of the Carribean. He seems to dive into each role so completely that as I watched the movie, I forgot that I was watching Depp and truly believed J.M Barrie was there in front of me. The scenes with the children can be described as adorable but not in a cutsie kind of way - more child-like and accurate than anything else. I was surprised to learn about J.M Barrie's past and how he encorporated it into his play of Peter Pan. Kate Winslet does a great job, but I believe the role was almost written for her. Dustin Hoffman makes an appearance as the theater owner, disguised behind the period costume. The "Finding Neverland" motif of the movie is brilliantly woven into the plot and this biographical movie makes me want to know more about the mind behind Hook and the lost boys. I highly recommend this movie for you and a friend, date, family, or even solo. The magic of theater, the profound score, and the peek into the observations of Barrie's imagination will change how you look at "Peter Pan" or any other play/production. There is always a story behind the story, and I am glad that Barrie's story was finally told.