You’ve Got Mail

Reading. Rivalry. Romance. Revealing..In that order.

I finally understood why people consider Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as one of their favorite on screen pairs. My first time seeing Tom Hanks in a romantic role after a glimpse of it in the Terminal. It wasn’t disappointing and in fact, was a pleasantly surprising make over of typical love story between the rivals.

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Plot

New York city. Its the era of internet. While some people are busy clamoring about the technology, Kathleen Kelly is really fond of it. This fondness is because of the feely emails she’s been exchanging with an unknown person online. Playing it safe, both have marked specifics of their lives as off limits. Her emails contain nothing of substance and yet hold her honest perspectives about life. Kathleen owns an affable children’s book store which holds her deep sentimental values. On the other side, Joe Fox is a successful businessman in the light of bookstores. His brand of a giant bookstore is about to open in the same corner as Kathleen’s and she’s about to run out of business. A budding rivalry between the two continues in a rage, but little do they know, that everyday their heartfelt emails are actually being sent to each other. Joe realizes this soon in time but has realized that Kathleen will never forgive him for closing down her mother’s bookshop. He realizes that he has only one way of winning her over. As Joe fox himself. He tries to redeem their relationship by acting aloof about the emails and slowly starts bonding with Kathleen. And finally, he makes her realize that the person she mails to, is the man she’s truly in love with.

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Likes & Dislikes

The movie provides a realistic view of the ugly situations, when personal life and business interfere without your control on either of them.With a simple story in hand, the most complicated emotions surrounding the plot are dealt with ease. From the dialogues to the philosophy, the movie practices what it preaches.Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have an impeccable chemistry on screen and complete the feel of the movie. With a very good show of bitter turned sweet romance, the story is eloquently intricate and provides a revealing sense of the things as “Nothing is what it just looks like”.

The first half of the movie seems dragged, and is boring at many instances. Although the subject background is important, but the main plot seems to be scanty in comparison to their initiation. A little more time on screen developing the plot would’ve made it more enjoyable. There are few shots, which are ineffective and have no purpose, although the screen presence and the frames are excellent.

What’s my Point?

An entertaining watch, which is filled with hilarious moments and subtle romance. The movie is light hearted and yet intricately developed with a few cliched scenes. But a watch worthwhile for any Rom Com lover.

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The Wedding Singer

A Classic Romantic Comedy with sincerely profound dialogues and a lively entertainment.

The Wedding Singer, one of the best romantic comedies I’ve watched. A simple story, uncomplicated plot, simple language yet a profound message. This movie is a keeper in terms of hearty entertainment and an upbeat feeling it delivers, throughout the movie and also after the end. Although the story isn’t as appeasing for romance, it gets the job done with grace.

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Plot

Robbie Hart is “The Wedding Singer”. Loved by all kinds of people for his jolly and kind spirit, he’s the best in his profession. The movie opens with Robbie singing at a wedding and it becomes evident in the course that he’s a noble guy. Waitressing at the wedding for her first time is Julia Sullivan. With her sweet attitude and kindred soul, she’s the ultimate girl next door. Robbie announces his marriage with his long time girlfriend Linda, whereas Julia’s boyfriend Glenn, has not set a date for the wedding which has her worried. An unlikely situation at the wedding introduces them to each other.After Robbie’s wedding is crushed & he gets left at the altar, he starts hating the concept of marriage and propagates the same in his next wedding performances. Meanwhile Julia’s boyfriend proposes and asks her to take care of all the wedding arrangements. Julia empathizes for Robbie, and after spending some time with each other on the arrangements for her wedding, they realize that they’re falling for each other. Robbie finds that Glenn is cheating on Julia & is compelled to tell her. But misunderstandings seperate them and soon it’s for Robbie to decide, if he’ll stop this travesty and get Julia back or forever face the music of regret.

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Likes & Dislikes

Catchy songs and hilarious lyrics are the major plus in the movie. A simple and refreshing story, this plot has penny plain dialogues and no cheesy lines. These dialogues have a great meaning and its warming to see that it can be established without any ostentatious gimmicks on screen. Drew Barrymore as Julia, is adorable and Adam Sandler is simply a delight. Thier chemistry on screen at many instances give off sparks. With an effortless plot and light entertainment, this movie gives the same upbeat feelings of the order of  Definitely Maybe, with half the complexity.

Although the movie doesn’t have many potholes, the story is both the positive and the negative. Since the story isn’t twisted, the movie becomes predictable and ends up a bore for story oriented eyes. The movie doesn’t have a captivating agenda which makes it stand out in the comedies and come off as a precipitate.

What’s my Point?

At wit’s end, this movie does justice to the relaxing lovey dovey folk. Although the story is modest, the movie is definitely something to keep for a rainy day to cheer up.

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Yes Man

A Unique, fun filled comedy with short term memory span.

Jim Carrey, the name stands for showmanship and hysteria. Out of all his comedy gigs I’ve watched, Yes Man is probably the most innovative in a “non fantasy” topic. The Mask & Bruce almighty were feel good movies, with light realistic touch over a wholly imaginary scenario. With Yes Man, while there are sensible comic and fun filled moments, the philosophy behind the movie is quite garbled.

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Plot

Carl Allen’s life is a slump. His unenthused and a refuting lifestyle has made him a bore and unable to enjoy life. His friends have nearly given up on him, because of his sheer lack of mortal fun and inability to change his pathetic lifestyle. One fine day, he meets an old acquaintance who tells him about the way he’s exploring and enjoying his life after habituating a single word in it. “Yes”. He then tells Carl to attend a seminar. The challenge is for every man to say “Yes” for every opportunity in life. Skeptically, he initiates the habit and starts saying YES for everything. A rough start on his newly found “Yes” track gets him stranded & ends up meeting him up with Alison, a young and brash woman with a penchant for spontaneity. From then on, his life changes and his positive charm gets him lots of accolades, promotion, makes him popular with his friends and makes Alison fall in love with him. A suspicious encounter reveals her about the Yes Man program, after which she questions, if her relationship with Carl is just an act of him saying Yes or did he actually mean them for her. Along the way he realizes that saying “No” has its own consequences and not all Yes’s are always meant to be.

Likes & Dislikes

The concept is unique, and provides a fresh look at things in normal life. Jim Carrey as Carl and Zooey Deschanel as alison form a cute couple and give an enthusiastic outlook. The movies has humour and realism mixed up in lots of imaginative ways and is definitely a fun filled watch with no wits spent.

The philosophy behind the program was blur and doesn’t give an effective intiation to the plot. After a while, things take a monotic track and the humour starts fading along with the plot. The morale of the movie looks cold with no certain satisfaction or reason for the storyline. Few loopholes and boring moments along the way, till a far fetched ending is reached. The movie fails to excite and seems dull at times.

What’s my Point?

As far as Jim Carrey is concerned, there are much better comedies to be watched. With a unique yet dull plot, the movie is fun filled and cheery. On the whole, the movie needs no wit and is easily a friday night show to sleep over.

Definitely, Maybe

Definitely a keeper, maybe a bit mushy and preachy.

It had been sometime since i last saw this movie. And now, after watching it i get the same old upbeat feeling again . A well written and delicately intertwined set of occurrences foretold, the movie doesn’t shy away from presenting the downright practical and optimistic nuances of love in life.

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Plot

William Hayes is a tumbling political consultant, going through a divorce and father of a very curious and high spirited 11 year old daughter Maya. The movie starts when Maya asks him how he met his wife and about his past relationships with women. From then on, a simple and well woven narration by the father hooks the little girl. On the note that she has to figure out who her mother is, among the three women his story revolves around. The three relationships take him through various phases of life and make him confront his ambitions, feelings and choices one has to face within them. In the course of his story, he transforms from his boyish self with dreams, to a man who has faced the ordeals and has made difficult resolves between his love and career. The movie winds when the optimism of his child, drives him to tie up the loose ends with the woman he really loved.

Likes and Dislikes

The best part about the movie is its light hearted and yet strangely profound way of showcasing love. The movie slyly hooks up. The intricacies in the different relations with different people are spot on. The changes a vibrant energetic atmosphere instills in people are well scored. The moving on in life, changes in demeanor a person undergoes over time, choices between relationships and career are very pragmatic in the movie. Ryan Reynolds fits the lead very well. Rachel Weisz in her intellectual lady looks, Isla fisher as the girly one and Elizabeth Banks as the girl next door have been very well chosen for the kind of characters they play.

At times it gets boring with all relationships, profession, love & life seem to keep foul-play and entertaining factors off the screen. Unnecessary emotions at times can be a kill. Cheesy lines in a few places, unrelated rants, mushy instances and self-preaching could be avoided. Background score although lively seems dull at times and doesn’t connect. Although the movie has a good outlook despite of several minor flaws.

Whats my Point ?

Definitely a good watch. One of the best romantic dramas out there without too much of fantasy. Easily understandable and optimistic, It’ll be some time before I watch it again but it won’t be the last.

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Love & Other Drugs

A feel good, minor chick-flick with just enough amount of romance and medical clichés and lot of skin.

Jobless at the moment and having a lot of free movie time, I downloaded this movie only because it was from one of my favourite directors “Edward Zwick”. It was surprising, that a man who specialises in drama, western and war movies could direct something on a more subtler note like light hearted romance and comedy.Love and other Drugs Movie

Plot

Movie starts with the confident, jubilant and “A Player” of a protagonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) working at an electronics dealer with his smooth maneuvers in charming the people and getting the sales up. He eventually winds up as a pharmaceutical rep for a leading multinational company Pfizer. Learning the tactics of multiplying sales, his life seems less complicated at first. Until he meets his competition in the Parkinson’s patient he bumps into. Anne Hathaway does justice to that role. What follows is the change of heart and lives of both. Promiscuity turns to love and when reality strikes, both realize what each person loves about the other, will fade in time with her progressing Parkinson’s and the only drug is Love.

 

Likes & Dislikes

A different notion of love is introduced in the movie which glimpses casual looks at life with practicality . Recognising the true worth of someone in your life even when others don’t, seems not so imaginary. A feel good movie and nothing to over think at any point in time.

Definitely not the best directed movie of Zwick, although it wasn’t a bad gesture to try out a different genre. In movies of Edward Zwick, nature usually has a way of affecting a man’s life. e g  The Last Samurai. Felt it was missing. The progression of the Parkinson’s and how would that change their lives wasn’t depicted. So the movie is fanciful and pre-judged. More depth could be expected in the story and a little more emotional content than Ero would’ve been better

What’s my Point ?

Worth a watch if one’s bored and/or spooning with someone, and looking for a way to kill time with light hearted romance. Definitely something to smile and sleep over.

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