Saturday, June 05, 2010

Leap Year

And we go on to another light comedy, Leap Year, a comedy that is so predictable, we could write the beginning, the middle, and indeed, the end.. Leap Year, of course, is the 29th of February, an event that occurs once every four years, and, as such, allows such extraordinary events as the woman asking a man to marry her.

Or so thinks Anna (Amy Adams). When her boyfriend doesn't propose to her before he leaves on a business trip, she comes up with the idea that she could do this herself. The only problem is, she has to get to Dublin -- Ireland, not California -- in two days. But in doing so, she meets all kinds of problems, more than Ulysses did during his 10 years of trying to return home. She eventually meets an innkeeper who helps her cross ireland to get to her boyfriend.

There really is only one reason to see this film: the two actors, Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. We know Amy Adams (or at least we think we do), and if you get tired of the dialogue -- usually her dialogue -- you can always stare at one of the most beautiful redheads in Hollywood. Matthew Goode is usually a dapper personality, but not so here, and perhaps that was the appeal of this role. He plays a jerk most times, but you eventually find out about that heart o' gold. Irish gold.

A friend recommended this film to me after watching it on an international airline flight. You don't need good sound for such movies, as their simplicity is what's needed and wanted. There are two main characters. Maybe a third, if you count Anna's Louis Vuitton suitcase. You do have all that wonderful Irish countryside scenery. And a bit of Irish beliefs thrown in, just a touch for the soup.

It's simple, it's predictable, there are only two reasons to watch this film. And even then, if you have a more serious use for your time, don't.

Thumb's down.


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Linda said...

From UmAl:
Funny thing -- I too, watched Leap Year on an international flight, and just as you indicated, no dialogue needed. I watched the whole thing without headphones, and knew exactly what was going on at all times. I, too, am a big Amy Adams fan, and hope she doesn't throw away her career and talent on these predictable, forgettable romcoms. Perhaps she needs a new agent.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Dawn Kepler said...

I despised the film. It was so mean spirited and misogynistic that I finally just turned it off. It reached the point that nothing done by any the supposed male love interest could make up for all his nastiness. Why waste another moment of life on that? If I were Irish I would be insulted that all Irish people were portrayed as boobs and jerks.


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