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Crowne Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts tepid screwball
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Tom Hanks cheerful recession-themed romantic comedy Crowne doesn possess a good deal going on,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], which I guess makes it the perfect grown-up-aimed counterprogramming to Michael Bay Dark of the Moon, that has a significant amount of of all things (not counting significance and coherence). This lightweight star vehicle for Hanks and Julia Roberts, that was co-written by Hanks and Big Fat Greek Wedding creator Nia Vardalos, has no sex, no nudity, no violence, and no more than the particular quantity of curse words that also enables you to get a PG-13. This is actually the degree of realism we dealing with here: Roberts no-good movie husband (Bryan Cranston of Bad, who is suddenly everywhere) is supposed to be hooked on big-boobs Internet porn,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], however when we obtain a look at it, it appears to be pictures of ladies in swimsuits. She shouldn dump him because he a perv; she should dump him because he spends all his online time and may find anything dirtier than Sports Illustrated.
Honestly,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], though, I not quite stating that the unabashed squareness and silliness of Crowne are negatives. They almost admirable by themselves, and certainly constitute a selling point. That PG-13 rating, for example, isn targeted at actual teenagers, who are unlikely to be caught dead within 100 yards of this film. It a reassuring gesture to potential customers who desire the tamer Hollywood romances of yesteryear. To be specific, it aimed at my mother-in-law, who always forlornly asking me if I seen anything she might like. Here you go, Mama J!
Creating summer movies that can be enjoyed by large and diverse groups of viewers is an honorable and useful Hollywood tradition. It nice to see Vardalos and Hanks attempting to adapt the screwball formula of the 1930s and thereabouts to some contemporary setting, and there a wisp of the generous and interesting idea: If the Great Depression produced a certain variety of comic escape, maybe its 21st-century reboot will even. At this time in their careers, Hanks and Roberts know a great deal about how to create movies and how to reach audiences; these are relaxed and professional star performance,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], long on charm and short on theatrics.
Hanks eponymous Larry is a downsized manager of the big-box store, somewhere in suburban California, who goes back to college at some undefined age north of 40. There he takes a public-speaking class taught through the embittered, borderline-alcoholic Mercy Tainot (Roberts), which if nothing else is really a tremendous character name. As portrayals of sexy middle-aged ladies who no more provide a damn go, Roberts supremely over-it Mercy beats the pants off Cameron Diaz venal fantasy shtick in Teacher. She all about her first cup of coffee and also the blender drinks after she gets home, and what goes on in between is mainly withering glances at colleagues and students as well as an exhausted simulacrum of 40ish femininity. Even the way Mercy drops her high-heeled shoes out the car door to the asphalt before stepping into them clop, pause, clop conveys how much she'd it. (Mercy conveys the impression that they sooner piss on Pray,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Love than read it.)
Of course the arrival of the unsinkable if highly dorky Larry will reawaken Mercy groove eventually, but let not get ahead of ourselves. Crowne vacillates a little uneasily between moments of realism and moments of pure silliness; that also true to the screwball tradition, but I not sure Hanks has the directorial craft or subtlety to sell it. (This is only his second feature behind the camera, although he directed several TV episodes.) Hanks plays the scene where Larry gets fired beautifully, even though it isn well crafted, there a later scene,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], when Larry constitutes a critical decision about his financial future, which has a quiet,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Jimmy Stewart,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], stick-it-to-the-man intensity. On the other hand, the only real saving grace for this movie goofball depiction of contemporary college life is that it doesn't have pretension to satire or social criticism and also you unlikely to take it seriously. I try to create this having a straight face: Larry falls along with a scooter gang whose appallingly cute co-leader, Talia (the wonderfully named Afro-British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw), takes him on like a charity case, bringing some feng shui to his apartment, getting him a haircut and convincing him to stop wearing tucked-in polo shirts. (The hipster-ish wallet-chain thing, though,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Tom? Really?)
This produces the very mildest of diversions on the way to L-U-V love between Larry and Mercy, who gets to spend a fair portion of the film angrily misperceiving the puppyish relationship between Larry and Talia. ( do men see in irritating free spirits? Roberts isn't more fun than when she pissed off, and actually the only real scene in Crowne which has the remotest frisson of sex appeal comes when Mercy so angry at her boob-fetishist husband that she gets drunk, rides home on Larry scooter and attempts to drag him into her apartment. But this isn the type of movie where individuals have sex with no large amount of semi-comical dithering first. Or have sexual intercourse at all, arrived at consider it. Nothing can explain Crowne much better than the existence of George Takei,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], of Trek fame, as a pompous and imperious economics professor. He starts out completely embarrassing, gets a little funnier and ends up being an ingratiating figure you remember fondly, despite the fact that he serves absolutely no purpose.






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