Saturday, January 24, 2009

the reader

tonight my mom and i saw The Reader.

i'm still trying to decide how much i liked it.

i mean, definitely very well acted (kudos to the casting director) - Kate Winslet = brilliant as always (total girl-crush) - and a very nice adaptation of the book (which i very much enjoyed when i read it in college), and its a thought-provoking story... but... eh... for some reason, i'm not shouting from the rooftops. and it very well could have been because i'd read the book and therefore, nothing was a surprise - so take my review with a grain of salt.

let's just put it this way - 3 hours later, the foremost thought in my mind regarding The Reader is this:
i really hope that kid that played young Michael is over 18, because i sure did see a lot of that dude's junk.
however, this film did provoke one of those oh-so-productive, completely circular dialogs between myself and The Monitor that went something like this:
  • (J): "i can't believe he didn't ______"
  • (K): "um, she kinda ruined all of his future sexual relationships and thus, half of his adult life - not to mention that whole Nazi thing."
  • (J): "but it would have helped"
  • (K): "but she ruined his life"
  • (J): "but wouldn't you tell?"
  • (K): "not if i was psychologically scarred"
  • (J): "i just can't belive he didn't _____"
  • (K): "life-ruiner. Nazi. plus, i'm not that nice"
  • (J): "but --"
  • (K): "let's talk about how cute our RD invitations are!"
i would recommend - just don't expect to be dazzled by anything else besides KW's performance.

(from KW's ridiculously gorgeous Vanity Fair shoot)

on a semi-related note, has anyone else seen the previews for the new Amy Adams / Emily Blunt flick "Sunshine Cleaning"? i cannot wait for it to come out - it looks absolutely delightful!

5 comments:

  1. HUGE DITTO to everything you said. i walked out of the movie still processing how i felt which means i did not love it. great acting, but honestly i felt like 95% of the movie was watching them have sex. talk about totally screwing someone up for life.

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  2. Who do you think would win a Girl Crush Act-Off - Cate Blanchett or Kate Winslet? Is there anyone who can touch those two right now, awesome-wise?

    Thanks for the review. This is on my list to see pre-Oscars, but I may move it back behind some others based on this.

    Coincidentally, I had the same "meh", mixed great/not-so-great reaction to "Benjamin Button." Have you seen it yet?

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  3. that's how i felt about it, too. it was worth seeing just for kate's performance, but you could definitely rent it instead of seeing it at the theater.

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  4. Kate winslet is gorgeous in that pic! I've never seen it before. Thanks for the tidbit on the new movie--after watching the trailor I can't wait to see it either.

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  5. Geez, that picture is AH-MAY-ZING. I haven't seen the movie, but was planning to. Maybe not now...Has anybody seen Slumdog Millionaire? I can't wait to see it this weekend.

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