Three recent rentals.
Kind of boring, could have been so much better. But Frances McDormand is wonderful as always. Her scenes were always the most interesting. I usually love Christian Bale's work, but not as much here. Kate Beckinsale did nothing for me. Still, the best of the three.
What A Girl Wants
Probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I'm prepared quite often to sit down with a teenage girl comedy flick and take it for what it is and enjoy it without too much embarrassment. Usually. But not this one. Colin Firth is a wonderful actor completely wasted on this part. The script, direction, and editing, and soundtrack were absolutely abysmal. The editing was particularly non-existent, leaving in scads of scenes that were redundant and laid everything on too thick while not being funny. The soundtrack was so heavy-handed I could feel the weight of the dead horse. The saddest thing was that I sat through the whole thing. NEVER see this movie. Run away.
Bringing Down the House
Tried too hard to be funny and so wasn't. Tried to satirize racism and failed to the point of being racist. Queen Latifah is fun and I find her sexy, but what a stupid movie. Eugene Levy was a bright spot, always manages to be funny. Plus, well, this: