Anyway, I figured I'd drop another hunk into this month's movie review monday... Ryan Reynolds! The only man on the planet that could possibly rival Hugh Jackman in hotness. So...
This week's movie review is for...
Ah, Sandra Bullock, how you play your roles well! And, ah, Ryan Reynolds, how you play a sarcastic hottie so well!
Anyway, this movie is pretty much about a high-strung, slightly neurotic, business woman from Canada named Margaret Tate who runs her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Reynolds) completely ragged... Until she gets threatened with deportation. The scheme to escape this? Bitchy Tate decides, suddenly, to fake a marriage with Andrew and head to Alaska to meet his family to keep the ploy believable. Much hilarity ensues when Tate gets her comeuppance and is forced to face not only her neurotic fears, but learns a little something about caring and sharing from Andrew's very close family.
Visual: 8 - Pretty decent sets, I'd have to say. Your run-of-the-mill publishing offices, and breath-taking Alaskan scenery. 'Nuff said. Lost points for your ho-hum offices, but buku points for the pretty Alaskan waters and rolling mountains. Nice! :)
Acting: 10 - Bullock and Reynolds, a pair that I would never have thought of in a million years, play off of each other very well with swift lines and excellent acting. They carry the movie with each other very easily, with Bullock throwing her lines on the fly and Reynolds playing along as best he can with whatever ideas are being thrown out there. It's excellent acting, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Story/Backstory: 7 - Pretty run-of-the-mill story, but with a few original twists. I mean, you've got the bitchy Devil-wears-Prada-type boss and the welcome-mat employee-- a match made in Hell-- who are forced to play the part of a couple. They end up actually falling in love with each other after a little bit of self-searching and finding out little secrets about each other, too. The only thing that kept this rating from going totally in the shitter, is because Reynolds and Bullock make it believable.
Score/Soundtrack: 5 - Oh, Christ, was the score flat. The soundtrack was... Okay, but lacking. A few laughs of songs thrown in there, but nothing to write home about.
Characters/Character Development: 10 - This pretty much plays on what I've already said about the acting, so there isn't much more to say about it, really. Reynolds makes a great welcome-mat employee who is very much under appreciated and knows FAR too much about his boss. Bullock plays a very Devil-wears-Pradaesque bitchy employer who knows jack shit about her assistant. It works well, because Reynolds's character gets the upper hand on Bullock's. Bullock's character gets a sharp bite in the ass by Karma. You gotta love it!
Overall: 8 - A pretty entertaining movie. If nothing else, it's entertainment value comes from the lines and how they play off of each other. That, and Reynolds is hot and, surprisingly, Bullock looks FREAKISHLY good for her age-- she definitely carries her years well. If I could have Andrew, Reynolds's character, for a boyfriend, I'd be in hog heaven!