The beauty of taking over the Writerâ€™s Perspective column is that I no longer feel compelled to write â€œReviewsâ€ â€“ Iâ€™ll be honest with you â€“ it drives me absolutely mental, and makes me want to hammer a pencil into my forehead. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I love talking about movies â€“ put me in a room with a couple of people who have the same passion, and Iâ€™ll see you in about a week.
I also love writing â€“ just spilling out some bullshit on the page is great for me, because I donâ€™t tend to revisit what Iâ€™ve just written, Clint â€œHollywood Movie Starâ€ Morris has quite often had to correct my work for horrendous spelling mistakes â€“ but the rigid structure of a typical review drives me nuts â€“ I always feel as though I have to explain the premise of the film; whoâ€™s in it; whoâ€™s good; whoâ€™s bad â€“ so Iâ€™m chucking that in.
What Iâ€™m going to do is assume that youâ€™ve heard of the film â€“ that you know a little bit about it (or at least enough to be curious about reading my take on it) â€“ and just get to the guts of it.
So with that firmly front of mind â€“ today, while I listen to â€œPinkertonâ€ by Weezer, Iâ€™m talking about a film that makes no attempts to disguise that it is insanely aimed at the ladies â€“ â€œHeâ€™s Just Not That Into Youâ€.
Still here? OK â€“ hereâ€™s my take:
Get ready for itâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..
Itâ€™s not bad.
Phew! I made it through â€“ Iâ€™ll catch you next time.
OK â€“ a little more â€“ to reaffirm, â€œHJNTIYâ€ is 100% woman material â€“ but it is not a date movie â€“ any guy in a relationship or in the early part of a marriage â€“ I urge you strongly not to take your special lady friend with you because you will get evaluated afterwards, trust me â€“ there is some stuff in here that can make the average guy sweat, and the last thing you want to have happen is your partner silently judging you as to whether or not you believe Bradley Cooperâ€™s character is really just an OK misunderstood guy â€“ because if you get caught with that wistful look on your face while youâ€™re staring at Scarlett Johannson, youâ€™ll be lucky if youâ€™re ever allowed to leave the house again without a chaperone.
Now aside from that â€“ the two stars of this are undeniably Justin Long & Ginnifer Goodwin, I didnâ€™t carry a stopwatch with me, but I dare say that they have the majority of the time on screen, and they carry it well â€“ Long is a guy I was never really keen on as an actor â€“ he always seemed to pop up in the same kind of roles, but since â€œLive Free Or Die Hardâ€ (yes â€“ I liked it, dammit), Iâ€™ve really liked the guy â€“ his cameo in â€œZack & Miriâ€ was one of the funniest things Iâ€™ve seen in a long time â€“ and Ginnifer Goodwin, who is awesome in â€œBig Loveâ€ â€“ is all the good stuff â€“ cute; sexy; – actually cute/sexy sums it up well, but sheâ€™s great throughout.
So anyhow â€“ go and watch the trailer if you havenâ€™t yet, and make up your own mind as to whether you go and see it or not â€“ I enjoyed it a lot â€“ it had a lot of funny moments, more than a few sad ones as well â€“ but overall, it was one of those flicks that gives you the â€œwarm fuzziesâ€ at the end of it â€“ stick through the first half of the credits as well â€“ thereâ€™s some good bookends in there.
But thatâ€™s it â€“ for real this time.
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