10 Things I Hate About You Reviews
Tagline: You gotta be cruel to be kind.
The movie is about a new kid at school Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who has his heart set on Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) the most popular girl in school. The issue for Cameron and most of the other boys at School is that Bianca can't date due to a rule set down by her father (Larry Miller). That's until Biancas Father comes up with a new rule explaining that Bianca can date only if her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does as well. This is no easy feat as Kat is a classical feminist, who is a massive pussy riot fan and has ambitions to lead to Greenpeace missions in Antarctica. Not really but you get the idea. She does call Hemingway a drunk which I liked.
Cameron takes wind of this new rule, so he and is friend Michael (David Krumholtz) develop a plan to "Tame the Shrew" so Cameron can go out with Bianca. See what I did there. The plan involves convincing Joey, (Andrew Keegan) the school Jock to pay for the entire set up, convincing him that he is the one that will be able to go out with Bianca and passing the money onto Patrick (Heath Ledger) the school bad boy to date Kat. Maybe I have not properly conveyed the premise of this movie but it is a plot your accustomed too in this genre.
The story does seem a little Tweeny* for my palate but I actually did enjoy the movie. It had a good mix of comedy, drama and various plot twists, even if I did see them coming. The movie did experience a number of bumps in the road which did at times remove me from the whole experience.
The adaptation is sound I presume, I would be lying if I said I had read the original text. The issue for me was the execution of that story in particular its pacing. Things move to fast, people fall in love immediately, people hate each other straight after, then almost automatically and for no apparent reason they forgive each other again. Or some characters arcs go full circle within the period of recess for example Patrick goes from complete badass to Mother Theresa in a matter of minutes.
Another issue for me was the dialogue between characters. I am still not convinced whose fault it was. A little context, at times during the movie a character will have to say either a direct quote from the original text or a modern adaptation of that quote. Now either 3 things made this aspect of the movie at times excruciating; either that actors delivery was completely wrong, the scriptwriter's wrote it on poorly or we could just blame the director. While I understand that hearing 16th century speak may burn the ear lobes somewhat, I did not find this aspect at all annoying during Baz Lurhmanns interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. So I can't see why this movie should be any different.
I think its hard to blame the cast, particularly 16 year later after the film was shot. If you scroll through the names in this movie it is an A List cast. Joseph Gordon-Levit (Cameron) one of my personally favourite actors at the moment. He straight up was awesome in this movie, quirky, shy, a little confusing but very good. David Krumholtz was the comedic spark in the movie and he delivered, the MVP of the movie. Both Larris Oleynik (Bianca) and Julia Stiles (Kat) were very convincing characters and achieved charm, wit and depth all that the same time.
With the mentioning of the next actors performance I can feel I am going to offend the masses but I did not enjoy Heath Ledgers (Cameron). I am not sure if it was the accent, the projection in his voice or my inability to believe he was a badboy that influenced my conclusion most. A special mention must go to Larry Miller (Father) and Alison Janney (Principal) both were very funny and both almost outshone the main cast in the minimal time on-screen they had.
As mentioned above I really did enjoy this movie, but something keeps gnawing inside of me wanting to watch it again to try to develop a more profound conclusion on the movie. The reason I won't is that I think I know what the outcome will be. I will find further plot holes, be frustrated with the style the movie elected to choose and be ever the more annoyed by Heath Ledger (your eyes wont save you from a performance like this). Think of this movie as a trial game before the big season. 10 Things I Hate About You was simply a tune up movie until these actors found there true calling in life. Either becoming an A list movie star, working on a infamous TV Show or becoming the most iconic comic book villain of all time. 10 points if you can guess all the three I am talking about.
The movie is funny, has an original art style and most importantly entertaining. This is a much watch on Netflix, not because its such a great movie but purely because you get to see early performances of the Hollywood Elites. I will give it 3 out of 5 stars!
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*Tweeny: a movie targeted to 12-20 year old females, who like nothing more than a rubbish script, over dramatised scenes, a misunderstood female lead and a good-looking man, yuck