Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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Real, beautiful, sweet and fun. I know I'm biased going in, but great cast here, and Fran Kranz really shines!
Well, I was underwhelmed... Though I will admit that I was falling asleep in the car on the way there and spent a lot of the film struggling to stay awake. And that was no fault of the film. That was just pregnancy. ;)
Visually, I loved it. I loved every little critter and would love to go for a walk through those woods. I also liked the costuming.
The bond between Aurora and Maleficent became quite beautiful, and I did like the notion of the women saving each other. BUT the whole notion of true love's kiss not being romantic, while a great idea, is starting to feel a bit abused by Disney. We've seen it twice in Once Upon a Time now and in Frozen. So it just didn't feel as fresh as I think it could have...
Also, the men = evil was overplayed. Prince Phillip was the only man who wasn't violent and awful, and he was completely flat and had hardly any lines. When girl power equates to female - good , male - bad, a lot gets lost. (6-7-14)
So much fun!! Not your typical rom-com at all. I described it to my hubby as a "guy's romantic comedy." He said no such thing existed... until I showed him a scene and then actually got him to watch the last half with me! ;) It's crass and romantic and funny all rolled into one. Drew is great as always. Would have given it five stars, but I wasn't really satisfied with the ending. (2-1-11).
The cast was good, but it just wasn't my kind of flick. Bad guys killing bad guys and getting mad at other bad guys for being bad... yeah, that about sums it up. No one had any redeeming qualities. (1-28-11).
I saw about 20 mins of this on tv 2 Christmas's ago & it mesmerized me! It was in the middle, so I DVR'd the next showing, but it mysteriously disappeared. I tried Netflixing it this Christmas, but it was on "long wait." Now I finally got it. And I must say I'm a little split on it. First off, I absolutely adored Cary Grant. He captures the screen; such a charmer!!! It was a fun story line and I enjoyed the premise.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW. ;)
I just didn't care for the fact that he fell in love with the wife. I know this is just a lighthearted Christmas flick, so I guess I might be "overreacting," but it felt more like an affair than whimsy when they were ice skating. Just didn't sit right for me. Didn't feel very angelic in some moments. Especially the way the wife would look at him! I know the idea was for him to make the Bishop jealous so he would re-realize his love for his wife... but, it just felt kind of uncomfortable for me when we see him fall in love with her. And I think if she hadn't told him to leave in the end, he would have blown all his good work and whisked her away from the Bishop! How's that for a Christmas story?!? ;P Would love to hear thoughts from someone else who's seen this.... (1-25-11).