Friday, June 26, 2009
ALMOST: (Ken Kwapis) Another film watched on the plane, this one guaranteed not as good elsewhere. Although a cute story - comical, light, honest - He's Just Not That Into You leaves a little to be desired. Packed with fun names, Aniston, Affleck, Barrymore, Johannsen, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, etc. etc., it's a playground for watching our girl-next-door favorites evoke flat, hormonal and otherwise typical people of the world. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching this film. I was entertained by the hilarity of actually knowing people like the stereotypes they offered. The writing was funny. The lives were believable, and let's be honest, the point of this book/film is undeniable. Some people are clueless, and therefore, desperate, and by illustrating it for the world, it's also extremely funny. But what I am left with after the jokes and the aha! moments is a sense of nonchalance towards the futures of any characters besides Jen and Ben. ( I can't help it, I will always be invested in Jennifer Aniston's characters, because she is ultimately Rachel... forever) The other lines were simply flat, annoying after the meat of the movie was over, and I admitted that I really didn't know them, so I didn't feel more than slight sympathy for anyone. Yikes. Don't mean to be heartless, but after watching, you've got to admit, our writers never quite gave us a deep enough introduction into any one's lives for us to believe hearts were broken or lives were altered. Ginnifer Goodwin's chatty Gigi was the closest I came to "knowing" anyone, and therein lies the wonder of dialogue, but she lives alone in that category. She reign supreme, but at the fault of no one else--they simply weren't given anything to go with. So, catch this one if you're bored, need a laugh and have money and a couple hours to spend. Nothing special or fantastic, but sufficiently entertaining and just funny enough.