The Sleeping Dictionary Reviews
I love Alba and Dancy. Alba was amazing here. Her adaptation to the accent was pretty cool. It's quite unique from her usual roles. :)
You may wonder why this film received a better rating from me than, say, "The Purple Rose of Cairo" - a movie that Woody Allen himself claims to be his best work. If you are on a verge of denouncing me for being stupid enough to fall for cheap sentiment, I kindly advise you to watch the 'Purple Rose' again and to think about its message.
Because it is not just that movies are able to magicly transport us far, far away. They can do something even more impressive - they materialise our beliefs. And I do believe. I do believe in a love at first sight, I do believe that love can triumph against all odds, I even do believe that people are capable of putting themselves aside for a romance of other people to flourish. There is stuff in life that you can't prove, but that is still worth believing in. This movie affirmed my belief that people can tear down barriers and make their dreams come true. I am grateful for that.
P. S. Seems like the great gift of eloquence (you are a bit impressed now, don't bother to deny it) bought me a way out once again. Otherwise I would have to plainly admit that I love this film inspite of its sentimental plot. Or, to be even more frank, because of its sentimental plot.
I am convinced (though one can never be absolutely sure) that we humans surpass animals not only on the intellectual level, but especially on the emotional level. We do things that are clearly against our material interest, or even against the "cause" of preservation of our genes. We can overcome the animal inside us. We are capable of loving other people more than ourselves. If this conviction makes me a sentimentalist, then so be it.
The living dictionary
But Jessica Alba as Bob Hoskins's daughter? Uh...no.