Thursday, April 28, 2011
I knew nothing about the book prior to going to the screening of "Something Borrowed". A little research and I find that not only is "Something Borrowed" a super popular book, but it also has a sequel that is being considered for the big screen called "Something Blue". With a cast that includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, and John Krasinski my interest was slightly higher than it probably would have been normally.
The movie is about Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) who is struggling with her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), who is engaged to the guy she had a crush on in law school (Dex played by Colin Egglesfield). Inserted for comedy relief throughout the movie is the office friend Ethan (John Krasinski) who possibly steals the movie. "Something Borrowed" is a quality story that unlike some of the other overly pretentious romantic comedies actually has something that most everyone can connect with.
The message throughout the movie is that we shouldn't do something because it is what others want us to do, but rather do something because it is what you want do. We all make choices, and when we look at ourselves in the mirror we have to be accountable to just one person. This is the conflict that Rachel deals with throughout the movie. Her lack of self confidence allows her to give up on Dex and allow Darcy to dominate the friendship. We often walk in and out of the lives of others, but we impact them in ways that may not be obvious. If given a second chance would things be different, is the silver lining that we can take away from the film.
I don't hate the rom-com, but it is rather annoying when constantly the audience is giving the emotional sigh as if they somehow are trying to communicate to the rest of the theater that they are having an emotional connection with the character in the film. It was almost as if people were doing it to mock the movie. Another critique would be the excessive use of flashbacks, which to me is a sign of a weak screenplay. As if the screenplay couldn't be any more conflicted, the ending was a bit rushed, including a pet-peeve of mine with the use of the "two months later" written across the screen to show the passing of time.
For the fans of the aforementioned books, you will want to stick around during the credits to find a bonus scene.
(screening date 4/27/11, release date 5/6/11, location Landmark E Street)
3 Quacks... To Be Continued...