What do these two movies have in common, besides they are both out at the theaters right now? First, I saw them back to back, cuz that's the movie lovin' fan I am. Second, they both kept me guessing as to how they were going to turn out (not an easy thing to do being the movie lovin' fan I am). Three, both were a lot more dramatic and heartfelt than I had expected (well I sort of expected it from Water for Elephants but not as much as it was).
I'm going to do this in the opposite order I saw the movies - I don't know why... stop asking. Water for Elephants was wonderful and heartbreaking and tough to watch and so good. A friend, V, told me he wasn't a fan of Reese Witherspoon which sort of surprised me and now I can't remember if he liked the movie or not. I thought she was good. I did go because of her, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz. Casting directors have my ticket punched.
Do you remember when Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for playing the bad guy in Inglorious Basterds? That same night he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he did the funniest, most ridiculous sketch "Christoph Waltz on his part in Der Humpink" and yet both movies I've now seen him in, he's a bad guy. I want to see him play a good guy. He's awesome! Ok - he does a good bad guy, but still. V said he plays good guys in his German films - I may have to check them out.
It really is a very good movie - and I'm not going to tell you how it ends, but there are some tough moments - be prepared.
As for Something Borrowed. It's a Rom-Com. (V, stop making that face!) But I am seeing a trend where more Rom-Coms are starting to have some real substance to them on the emotional level - it's not just all fluff these days. I like fluff, so that's all good too, but I'm also liking this new depth. This one had me guessing who our heroine was going to end up with. It bounced around a couple times and I wasn't really sure. I was surprised I can assure you - surprised that I wasn't sure, not at who she ends up with. There are three options and two of them are good ones. This stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, John Krasinski (so funny!), Steve Howey (total horn-dog and too cute), and this complete hottie (uber-doobie hottie) Colin Egglesfield as the main love interest. Awesome cast and a really good movie. I did nail some of the plot points though (cuz I'm just that movie-lovin'-fan-tastic). It's worth the watch.
Know what I learned from it? Yes - it has a little message tucked in there... I learned that you should not let people or shyness or your own insecurities keep you from trying for what you want. This secondary character (played perfectly by Ashley Williams) even says it - "Well, at least I tried." If you try, you won't have regrets. Regrets are a terrible thing, my friends.
So, I think I'll leave you with that thought... if you try for whatever or whomever, the worst that can happen is you get a no, but the best that can happen is you get that yes. And either way, you have no regrets. Win-win if you look at it right :)