Sunday, September 18, 2005

More like Boring

I just finished watching 'Just Like Heaven'.

While it did have it's moments, I would only ever recommend this movie to the hordes of females that have begun to notice that Mark Ruffalo is a big piece of man candy. Seriously, for all the ladies out there? He's been around for a while now. Just last weekend I watched 'You Can Count On Me', and his performance in that is far superior to any of the rom-com's he's been selling out to recently ('Eternal Sunshine...' and a few others aside that is). Actually, now that I think about it, he seems to make a string of fabulous movies, and then pads the resume with some good old fashion formulaic rom-com shite.
He's in 'Just Like Heaven' for about 90% of the screen time, and even the addition of Napoleon Dynamite for a measly few scenes doesn't save the movie like it should have. Napoleon Dynamite is funny, but so far he's only proven that he can do one guy, the quirky funny guy. To be fair, he's only been in 2 movies so far, so I'll cut him some slack.

The thing about romantic comedies, (rom-coms for those that aren't on board yet), in every single one is that there's a bit of adversity to overcome, maybe some kind of miscommunication/misunderstanding, and then they take you right to the edge of believing that it's not going to happen. Then in the final 10, sometimes 5, minutes of the movie everything works itself out and everybody is happy. There's such a formula to these things and I really only see the ones that have quality actors in them.
Now, don't get me wrong, I like a good rom-com. One of my favourite movies of all time is 'Love Actually'. I even own a few more rom-coms to pop in whenever I lose faith in love (About a Boy, High Fidelity, IQ). But this movie pushes the limits of what I find entertaining. It could have been better. That's my point.

But if you want to have Mark Ruffalo's babies, then go see it. I'll watch 'You Can Count On Me', 'Eternal Sunshine...', and 'My Life Without Me' again to restore my belief that this guy is worth paying money to see.

Side Note: whomever the artist was that covered The Cure's Just Like Heaven at the beginning was only ok. The Cure do a much better job. I'm going to listen to The Cure now.

1 comment:

that girl possessed said...

screw the imdb, i have mike h.