Snapshots - #16

Bridget Jones's Baby (♦♦♦♦½): Forty- three year-old Bridget is single again after having broken up with Mark Darcy. Mark is now married but things aren't going well in his marriage. A friend of Bridget convinces her to go together to a country festival where she, accidentally, spends the night with a stranger. Within the same month, she has a tryst with Mark Darcy, who confesses he is not over her. Now Bridget is pregnant and she doesn't know which one is the father.

Bridget Jones is my favorite singleton, and she gets it exactly right. Bridget Jones's Baby is hysterical in the tradition of Bridget Jones's Diary. As always, Bridget's antics and care free attitude make for great comedic moments, and Renee Zellweger is still brilliant as Bridget, now a forty-something singleton still trying to figure things out. Both leading men, Colin Firth as a much older Mark, and Patrick Dempsey as Jack, have great chemistry with Zellweger. Catchy music and new adventures hopefully will have revamped the franchise.

American Pastoral (♦♦♦): I don't know what it is about Phillip Roth's stories that have a haunting, and quietly devastating quality that always leave me in a sort of daze, immersed in thought. Such was my experience with the adaptations of The Human Stain, and more recently Indignation, and American Pastoral.

Directed and acted by the multifaceted Ewan McGregor starring as Seymour "Swede" Levov, Jennifer Connelly as his wife, and Dakota Fanning in her best adult performance to date as Merry Levov, American Pastoral is the story of a seemingly normal, middle-class youth who becomes politically radicalized during the 1960s. American Pastoral is a slow-burning meditation on familial bonds and acts of violence that rock their foundations.

If you want a movie to make you think about human nature, it doesn't come better than a Phillip Roth's adaptation in general and American Pastoral in particular.

Comments

  1. I loved Bridget Jones' Diary, but I confess I haven't seen any of the sequels. This one sounds like it might be a winner. And there is a movie version of American Pastoral? I must be living under a rock because I wasn't aware of it, but I loved the book as I do most of Roth's work, so maybe I would like the movie, too.

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    1. I, too, loved BJD, its sequel not so much, but this one is very good to great, particularly if you are a fan of the character.

      You haven't been living under a rock; I follow the release of independent movies because you never know what gem you may find. This one is from last year and was released fairly recently for rental. If you loved Roth's book, it's possible that you'll like/love the movie. It is kind of slow but worth the time you spend watching it.

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  2. Both are going on my list. I like all the actors. Thanks Carmen.

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    1. Come back and let me know how you liked them.

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  3. I watched the trailer for American Pastoral and I just could not get into it. From an artistic perspective, it looks amazing, but it also looks really depressing. The cast does look amazing though.

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  4. I don't think I've seen any of the Roth movie adaptations you mention, so I'd like to see them. I like the actors in this one. Perhaps I should read them first? Or just see them!

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    1. I think that if you read them you will better acquainted with the plot, and you'll probably appreciate the adaptations more, but I haven't read them and did like them. The Human Stain is with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. Indignation is with Kenneth Logerman (from The Perks of Being A Wallflower) and Theresa Palmer, I think. All quite good.

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