Movie Review: Wedding Crashers (2005)

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Plot: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Rating: 8.5/10

I watched Wedding Crashers for the first time a few nights ago. I know! It is terrible that I haven’t seen it yet! I really had the best time with it. The movie actually contains so much that I would usually find annoying – the two main characters are such womanizers, there are cliches and stereotypes everywhere, and the humor is often below the belt. Yet the Wedding Crashers worked – it was done with such a good feel that I couldn’t help enjoy it. I think Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson made an excellent comedic pair, and that Rachel McAdams and Isla Fischer made excellent counterparts. Christopher Walken and Bradley Cooper are also both really hilarious and Jane Seymore as the crazy mama made me laugh on a few occasions. The movie is well paced and ends before things become drawn out, and you all know I really do appreciate it. I wish more comedies could reach this level of bawdy and hilarity. I would definitely watch comedy more often then!

Wedding Crashers


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Midnight in Paris (2010)


I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave… It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds… until it returns, as it does, to all men… and then you must make really good love again.

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is touring Paris with his unsatisfied fiancée Inez (Rachel MacAdams), who just doesn’t share his affection for the beautiful French town. Even though Gil is a successful screenwriter, he wishes to be a writer living in Paris, preferably in the 1920’s if he could have his way. Inez shoots all his ideas down and doesn’t seem to think he could make it as a writer. Her parents share these sentiments and want Gil to continue earning huge amounts of cash so that he and Inez can set up in Malibu after their wedding.

Inez and Gil find that Paul (Michael Sheen) and his girlfriend are also touring France. Inez seems very impressed by the pedantic Paul, who just thinks he knows absolutely everything about anything. He offers to read and critique Gil’s novel, and Inez supports the offer, oblivious that Gil would hate it.

Inez and Paul decide to go dancing after a wine tasting. Gil, a bit drunk, declines and walks the streets of Paris. As midnight strikes, Paul is picked up by an old fashioned Peugeot car and lands back in the 1920s. He meets a large amount of his literary idols – Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll). When Hemingway hears that Gil is busy with a novel, he takes him to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), who promises to read it and offer her opinion.


Naturally Inez does not believe a word of the story and she leaves before Gil can prove it the following night. Gil takes his novel to Gertrude Stein and meets Pablo Picasso and his beautiful lover, Adriana (Marion Cottliard). Adriana is immediately impressed when she hears the first few lines of his novel, and Gil is very taken with her.

Gil spends more time in the 1920’s, irritating Inez and alerting the suspicions of her father Paul (Michael Sheen), who employs a private detective to find out what Gil is up to. Gil is becoming more attracted to Adriana, but when she finds out that he is engaged she distances herself slightly. Adriana leaves Picasso and goes on a trip to Africa with Hemingway, but Gertrude Stein is sure that it will not last.

Back in the present, Inez shops for furniture while Gil looks at antiques. He meets Gabrielle (Lea Seydoux), a beautiful French lady who shares his affection for the Lost Generation. Gil stumbles upon a priceless treasure – a diary of Adrienne that mentions him by name.


Gil returns to the past where he gives Adriana a gift. They kiss, and a horse-drawn carriage arrives, taking them back to the 1890’s. Adriana expresses her desire to remain there, and Gil is perplexed with her claims that the 1890’s was the golden age, not the 1920’s. They part ways, with Gil returning to 2011.

After rewriting the first two chapters, Stein is very much impressed with the progress Gil has made as a writer. She even says that Hemingway liked it, but wonders why the main character does not realise that his fiancé is sleeping with another character, characters that were based on Inez and Paul. Gil realises what this means, and confronts Inez. She admits to the affair but discards its importance, but Gil calls an end to the relationship, telling her that they will be happier apart and that he has chosen to stay in Paris. Inez is furious, but her parents also think that their separation is a wonderful idea.

As Gil once more walks the streets of Paris, he meets Gabrielle again, and they take a walk in the rain.

Rating: 7.5/10

I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris. I had an inkling this movie would be good. I was completely right about it (and who doesn’t love being right?!). Midnight in Paris is beautifully directed and I just fell in love with everything about it. The scenery, the love for Paris (it reignited my desperate need to stand under the Eiffel Tower), the way Paris is portrayed, and the absolutely shockingly amazing performance by Owen Wilson all just contributed to my utter enjoyment of the film.

Rachel MacAdams was for the first time ever such a disgusting cow in a role and she obviously has real acting skills to be able to portray Inez and be Ally from the Notebook at the same time. Inez irritated and frustrated me beyond belief and her idiocy of not seeing the worth of Gil while being utterly charmed by the know it all Paul.

The questioning of Gil’s sanity is charmingly underplayed and kept me riveted. Was he hallucinating? Was this all going to end in a sad way? I really kept wondering until Adrienne’s journal was found as confirmation, and even then I wasn’t sure of Gil’s mental stability. I absolutely LOVED Owen Wilson in here. He was funny and charming and really looked like a disorganised writer.

I think Marion Cottliard is a lovely actress and she was so mysterious in here. I hoped they would end up together but their eventual separation was mutual and beneficial. This was one of those movies where the star studded cast didn’t overwhelm or deduct from the final story being told, and I found a famous face entertaining rather than exhausting when being introduced.

Lastly, I really liked that even though there was a love story being told, it wasn’t gooey, and the comedy in the movie wasn’t overwhelming. I am not sure how I would classify this, but I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a rom-com. It is much too intelligent, funny and truly charming to fall into that category, and I actually enjoy rom-coms now and again.

I can really see myself watching this again.

Recommendation: It is a feel good movie and I would think that most people would enjoy this!

Movie Review: The Notebook (2004)


Noah (Ryan Gosling) meets Allie Hamilton (Rachel MacAdams) when she comes to Seabrook Island, where he lives, to visit for the summer. Even though Allie is from an affluent family and Noah has nothing to offer her, they quickly fall in love. Her mother (Joan Allen) is less than pleased but remains uninvolved until Allie stays out late one night with Noah causing her parents considerable distress. Noah overhears Allie’s mom saying that he isn’t worthy of her and tries to leave, and Allie catches him and they fight about it. Allie is convinced they will resolve issues the next day but her mother forces her to leave. Noah is heartbroken and writes to her a letter each day for a year, but finally has to accept nothing will happen because all of them go unanswered.

Years later during the War, Allie meets Lon Hammond (James Marsden). He is everything Allie should be marrying – charming, attractive, successful and from an important Southern family like herself. He is very good to her and eventually they get engaged. Allie is very happy with her fiancé and life but her world is turned upside down when she sees a newspaper article with Noah in and the house he had promised he would restore for her. She decides to return to where she first fell in love and visit Noah.

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The ever popular It’s-a-Sparks-movie-let’s-kiss-in-the-rain scene.

Their passion and love is immediately reignited. They realize that her mother had kept the letters from her and Allie had never read a word Noah wrote to her. Allie spends a night at Noah’s place and is surprised when her mother rocks up. They reconnect when her mother admits that her love life is similar to Allie’s, and that she chose her rich husband over a poor teenage boy in the same town ages ago. When her mother tells her Lon realized what is going on and is on his way, Allie knows that she should make a decision. Will she go with the man that can give her everything, and is a really good person, or with Noah, who is also a good person but not the man society has chosen for her?

Rating: 7.5/10

I really enjoyed watching this movie. It is a great book to movie adaption. I think it is the best Nicholas Spark’s version out there. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have incredible chemistry as Noah and Allie. Both were well cast as the characters. I was really impressed with Ally’s accent – never once did she deviate from the Southern accent. The costume designing was well done – every outfit fits for the years it was developed for.

The movie is really sad for so many reasons – Noah knowing that he isn’t good enough for Allie by society’s standards, the war where he loses his good friend, the fact that Lon (I think James Marsden was excellent as well) is a really good man and will get hurt either way, Noah and Allie’s eventual ending and everything in between.

The movie manages to be a romantic drama without too much sticky sweet moments. That kissing scene in the rain is probably the best kiss in the history of movie kisses, ever. If you ever need to re-fall in love with Ryan Gosling (like that would ever be necessary) watch that scene and the entire movie because he is absolutely gorgeous in the Notebook.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Movie Review: About Time (2013)


When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that he can travel back in time, he is skeptical at first; sure his father (Bill Nighy) is pulling one on him. He tests it out and goes back to New Year’s Eve – where he botched an attempt at a kiss from a lady. He sets matters right, and returns to the present.

His father tells him the few rules of the time travel – only the men in the family are able, you can only go back to places you have been or know of and that you cannot change huge events.

The next summer Tim uses the opportunity again. A friend of Tim’s sister visits his family, and he is instantly smitten. On her last night there he declares his love, and she tells him he should have spoken up sooner. Determined, he turns back the time, and when she then tells him to consult her at the end of the summer, he realizes you can’t force love.

Tim moves to London to go work as a lawyer. He moves in with a struggling playwright, Harry. One night, a friend visits Tim and they go to a blind dating place, and he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams). They hit it off, and when they later meet face to face, their attraction remains. He gets her number and is elated by his luck. When he returns home Harry tells him that his play went from brilliant to rubbish when the main actor forgot his last lines. Sad for his friend, he goes back in time to restore things, but when he returns his meeting with Mary never happened.

Tim starts searching for Mary and finds her, but learns that she met her new boyfriend on the night after she would have met him. Determined, he once again reverses time and introduces himself (again). They hit it off, and start dating. Tim soon proposes, and his family likes her her and is excited when they learn she is already pregnant.

When Tim finds out that his father has cancer, he is grief stricken but unable to do anything about it. His father confides in him that it is impossible to move back in time after a new life is made – so he can’t erase the damage to his lungs.

After his father’s death, Tim is still able to reverse time and go visit his father. When Mary wants to become pregnant with their third child, he takes time to make peace with the fact that after the birth he will never be able to travel back to his father. Just before the labor, he travels back and his father gives him last advice. He tells Tim to live each day twice – once to know what will happen and again to be able to enjoy it no matter what. Tim does that for a time but realizes that if you live each day as if it is your last, once is enough.

Rating: 7/10

I really enjoyed this movie. The British just know how to do everything that much better. About Time was a really good combination of romance and humor. The jokes and events have an everyday feel to it – making the movie seem real. The plot line has a few faults in it – nothing confuses me more than the mere thought of space travel, but is very enjoyable if you can manage to ignore the fact that only men can travel back (ahem). I am thoroughly jealous of Tim’s life. It looked so quiet and beautiful at his family home. He is certainly a new type of romantic hero. He is very gawky and awkward, and not the typical expected hunk. At the end of the movie, you really fall in love with him – he is such a lovely person who just uses his gift to find the thing everyone wants – love.

I think most people would find this film enjoyable – it has a good mix of genres and is therefore not boring at all.

Weekend stuff


Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I went to bed at two am on Saturday because I was reading Divergent. I am such a bad ass. LOL. It is very good. The second book is a bit stretched out, but it is very good as well. The books have the same train of thought of Hunger Games, but manage to be completely original at the same time. They are my 64th and 65th books in the challenge



Finally got to go to the cinema on Friday. WOW. I wanted to watch Oblivion, but that had sadly finished. So I watched About Time (With Rachel MacAdams) and had such a good time. It was wonderful and funny. It is the type of Romantic Comedy people enjoy even if they don’t like Romcoms.


I am on the last episode of Season 2 suits. Still in love with the fast paced lawyer drama. It is just that good. Afterwards I am going to watch Supernatural season three, to make my friend happy.

Le Good life

I had way too much chocolate the last week. I don’t really care, because I was studying Chemistry, and you need chocolate if you are studying Chemistry. This week I will learn to refrain myself in favor of losing weight, and I am determined to succeed.