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Posted March 11, 2011
A Delightful, Thoughtful Comedy!
I watched this movie because I am a fan of Harrison Ford, but I wondered "Why is Harrison Ford in a Romance Comedy." He put in a STUNNING performance as a curmudgeon. Harrison Ford did the best curmudgeon since Walter Matthau, and in many ways exceeds him. This film would have been nothing without him.
Still, the reality is that one person cannot carry a film. Fortunately, Rachel McAdams rose to the challenge. I cannot remember seeing her in other movies, but I will certainly look for her now. She is the new Meg Ryan. Without Ms. McAdams, I would have rated the movie two or maybe three stars. --And I think she will get even better!
The rest of the cast filled the ensemble completely, making me wish each had a bigger part. In particular, Jeff Goldblum pleasantly surprised me. I never would have thought to cast him in the role, but he took a small part and made it live. Bravo.
The writing was another wonderful surprise. The plot is "been there, done that" (Mary Tyler Moore) so it has to be carried by other elements. The scenes and characters were well developed and the dialog was the best I have heard in years. It is only at the very end that one discovers why the love interest is important to the story. Nice twist. One other technical point of excellence was the set dressing in Harrison Ford's apartment. The warmth and detail of the setting was an excellent counterpoint to the curmudgeon who lived within.
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Posted March 12, 2011
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