This is a movie that has been on my to watch list for longer than I can remember. It sat and patiently waited in my Netflix list until it had its moment to shine. Elizabethtown was more than I ever could have imagined. I regret not taking the time to see it sooner.
It takes a lot for me to completely fall in love with a movie. I am a picky filmmaker who jumps at the chance to criticize and change. And I can honestly say there isn't a single thing wrong with this movie. I realized long before it was even over that this would squeeze its way into the short list of my favorite movies of all time. With every second it got better and better.
I can't even put my finger on why I loved it so much. It reminded me of when I was a teenager without a care in the world. It reminded me of my love of adventure. It reminded me of why I love spontaneity and people who light up a whole room without even trying. It reminded me to live.
One of these days when you are feeling down or out of sorts or even just tired of the everyday routine, put on Elizabethtown. Don't you dare pick up your phone or get distracted. Just watch, really watch. Feel and experience this movie for all it has to offer. There isn't a single boring moment. It's something special.
Like the plot, Bloom's performance starts on a stutter but as his character slowly finds a place among his southern relatives, so does Bloom find his place in this film. The eccentric Claire is treated as a crazy voice of conscience that is there for no real reason but accepted nonetheless and that (just about) works for this film. The supporting cast help to hold the whole show up and allow it to finally find its feet.
Not an Oscar contender by ANY stretch of the imagination but if you want a cheap flick on a rainy day with cloudy but warm messages of love, family and figuring out what's important, this film should tick that box.