Sunday, May 3, 2009

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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The five star rating is biased because I love Amy Adams. As for the movie itself it is that kind that chooses its audience. If you are the type of person who enjoys themes such as classic Hollywood with career driven ditzes as lead characters then you would probably enjoy this movie. If not, there is always Miss Pettigrew, who is the exact opposite, HAHAHA.

Amy Adams is simply adorable. She has that whole old Hollywood glamor girl thing going on for her in the movie specially in that scene where she sings. Wow, classic Hollywood. I think she was able to pull it off. She is very good at playing naive characters. In fact, I think she has already perfected it. But her strength as an actress is heavily based on the good rapport that she is able to establish with her co-actors, making her a perfect choice for a supporting role. By the way, she will be starring opposite Meryl Streep again this coming August in the movie Julie & Julia. I smell another Oscar nomination.

As for Frances McDormand, I really am not familiar with her until this movie. I know that she did win an Oscar for a film called Fargo, which I am now eager to see after seeing her performance here. Good rapport with Amy Adams. I love the instant bond formed between Miss Pettigrew and Delysia Lafosse. That is actually what makes the movie enjoyable to watch. Their onscreen tandem is awesome, too bad it seems too abrupt because they eventually part ways.

Another thing I love about the movie is that you do not have to be Delysia Lafosse to relate to her dilemma. What she presents here is the typical problem that most human beings have, which is what to prioritize in life and the choices were personified by the three men she is juggling at the same time. Love, wealth or career ambition? We might not have the same choices and reasons for such but I believe everyone could relate to that and the movie revolved around it. Even the characters themselves revolved around that, from the friend with the tiny voice all the way to Miss Pettigrew herself.

The setting is World War II, which makes it kind of boring. Some of the jokes are not easy to follow but I like how the film is directed, how the plot unfolds, and in particular, the character development both of Miss Pettigrew and Delysia Lafosse although they seem altogether too predictable. I have only heard of period dramas. This is the first period comedy I have seen, and I loved it. Enough said.

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