on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My wife and I were budging out on DVD's over the weekend. I had just finished watching Vantage Point which was a very interesting action drama. My adrenaline was pumping after watching the movie. Suddenly I had a craving to watch another action movie and for some reason, I thought of watching and old science fiction favorite starring Bruce Willis called "The Fifth Element".

My wife on the other hand had been doing a marathon on chick flicks. As I was scrummaging through our old VCD collection (cause The Fifth Element is THAT old.), she threw me a DVD and told me to watch it.

I had a look at it and said, "No thanks! I have a date with Bruce the Man Willis and The Fifth Element." Alas, I could not find it even though I went through our entire collection.

As I sat frustrated, trying to visualise in my mind's eye where I had last seen that VCD, my wife threw me the DVD again and told me to give up the search and watch that DVD. Once again I told her that I was not in the mood for a romantic chick flick.

She persisted. She told me that it had an actor from that testosterone feast of sweaty, glistening male bodies and naked aggression called "300". Not interested was my reply.

"It also has someone from Friends and it has one of your old favorites." she continued.

She can be very persistent and I could read the signs that she would not be stopping on this issue. Finally, I had a look at the DVD and it was a movie entitled "P.S. I love you."

Okay, I thought to myself, that's a dumb unpromising title. Then I checked the actors. The actor from 300 was Gerard Butler. Now granted he is quite the hunk and a feast for the eyes for the ladies but that doesn't do anything for me ( I assure you). The female lead is Hilary Swank. Again, I appreciate that she is a great actress but doesn't she play all these tomboy roles? I just could not imagine her in a romantic story.

Then I discovered that Lisa Kudrow was also in the movie. Now, she's funny. Perhaps the movie had a chance. Ooo, Ooo, and it also has Harry Connick Jr. Now I like him and perhaps he sings or plays the piano in the movie. Okay, this movie's looking more palatable. Ah, but the clincher was when I read James Marster's name in the credits. James was the old favorite that my wife mentioned. James played my favorite character Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now I just had to see James in a movie.

And so, I watched all two hours of it. The movie surprised me almost from the start. I was disappointed that James Marster did not have a bigger role but that was irrelevant to the fact that this movie just touched me from beginning to end. The DVD cover called it a romantic comedy. Then how was it that I cried for most of that two hours. Now I may be a softie but I have never, ever cried right through an entire movie. This had more onion factor than Sleepless in Seattle (onions can make you cry - hence onion factor). Darn it! My wife loves to see me cry. It was entrapment.

I won't tell you the story cause that would take the fun out of it. I will tell you that the movie was based on a book by the same name and it was written by Cecilia Ahern who is the daughter of the previous Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

It did well in the box office and got generally good reviews from cinema goers. The critics on the other hand gave it between a negative review to mixed reviews but then again critics are grouchy individuals who would never admit that they cried.

While I am uncertain that it is best to describe it as a romantic comedy, it is not a romantic tragedy and there are laughs to be had in the movie. It's just that you will still have tears running down your cheeks even when you are laughing.

Watch this movie. I dare you. Just keep the Kleenex handy. As for me, I needed to overdose on Schwarzenegger and the Terminator series to feel like a man again.


Dr.John said...

I hardly ever watch movies and I tend to stay away from eye glass foggers. But I will look and see if it's on Time Warner's List.

Molly said...

I read about Cecelia Ahern, Bertie's daughter, somewhere recently. Lil Sis poohed-poohed her as fluffy chick lit. And I passed over "P.S I Love You" this w.e. in favour of Chocolat [No regrets!]
But, since you recommend it I may have to reconsider....

jmb said...

I read the book when it first came out and I just noticed they had made it into a movie.

The book was OK but if you insist I will have to watch the movie.

tsduff said...

Well, cool! We watch movies so infrequently that I never know what is good to see. We generally love foreign films, but it is nice to hear about this one. It's okay - you are quite a man to have even copped to watching chick flicks... I still respect you :)

On a limb with Claudia said...

You know, my hubby loves those movies. I don't know why - he just does. I'll put it on our Netflix cue!

How's the squirrelly war going?

blackcrag said...

May I suggest spaghetti westerns instead? Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars or For a Few Dollars More (the later being my favourite)? or perhaps The Magnificent Seven, based on a Japanese samurai movie?

That should get your testosterone levels up again.

MedStudentWife said...

and you wonder why my hubs is and goes back to school.... saves us these "boy/girl" issues *lol* (not) :D

geewits said...

I hope you found The Fifth Element! That's one of my favorite movies and is always so fun to watch. When we play Scrabble, we usually play The Fifth Element to have on in the background. You know, so the person waiting can have something to do.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

dr. john,
you are wise to stay away from the eye glass foggers. Indeed why should
we watch a movie to be miserable?

Ummm. Yummy. Well, Chocolat is delicious and passionate. That's a good choice too.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I hope you will cry too when you watch the movie. It's no fun and it's a real blow to the male ego if I cry alone.

Well, the book's Irish but the film is American pretending to be Irish. Is that still a foreign film?

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Really? Glad I am not alone. As for the war, it got kind of boring and the sunflower seeds were so good, we all defected and went home!

A Clint Eastwood fan! That's great but did you know the tough guy sang in the movie "Paint Your Wagon". See the softer side of Clint!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Is he much nearer this time?

The Fifth Element! Really! We have amazingly similar taste in the slightly bizarre. That makes us special and everybody else the dumb aliens in the movie.

A Happy Downtowner said...

You're on! I'm taking the challenge LGS. I will watch the movie and make sure there is a box of tissues nearby. The cat will also be with me and she's been known to sniffle along with me although she'd deny it vigorously :)

Thank you for the recommendation.

blackcrag said...

Yes, I have seen "Paint Your Wagon". It's a pretty funny movie overall, though I could have doen wothout the musical side.

Clint's not as bad as William Shatner singing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", but he's not much better either.

Tai said...

Okay okay...I'll watch it. But, like you, I think I'll need some T2 just to balance it out afterwards.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

My mind is having severe cramps thinking of William Shatner singing "lucy in the sky with diamonds".

brave girl. Please cry along. I don't want to be the only one.

Steffi said...

I don´t know the movie!But interesting post!

the walking man said...

Glad you gave the reason I stay away from chick flicks, Squirrel. Tearing up is anathema. ha ha ha ha ha

A Band Of Brothers...always gets me back to manly when I do get trapped by sensitivity.


Anonymous said...

Funny synchronicity. This was scheduled as our in-flight movie Saturday, only they never showed a movie. Guess I'll have to put it on my Netflix queue.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

You are the third person to suggest this movie to me today. I guess that means I'm renting it tonight. :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

happy downtowner,
Sorry I missed your comment earlier. I hope you will like the movie though why would we like movies that make us cry?

Thank you for visiting this humble blog and leaving a comment. Hope you'll be back.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

We da Men.

welcome back from the land of olive oil and ruins.

Any chance any of those other people who recommended this movie were guys?

Josie said...

Wow! I hadn't heard of this movie until now, but it actually looks really good!!!

I loved the scene in "Sleepless in Seattle" where the fellows are making fun of "An Affair to Remember". They didn't want to admit they enjoyed it. :-)

Anonymous said...

The Fifth Element is a classic!

I just posted my six word memoir, now it';s time for bed.


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hope it lives up to my hype!

The Fifth Element is such a visual feast! I read your 6 words memoir. Intellectuals will be debating its meaning for the next decade.

Odat said...

I've been intending to watch this movie just haven't made the time to sit still for it....I'm definitely going to do it now....Thanks for the review!

Eastcoastdweller said...

It is generally wise to do what our Wives tell us to do!

Dave said...

Oh LGS.... You caved in when all along I thought for sure you would tear the house apart for the Fifth Element! LOL

Well, I am going to take your word for it that the chik flic you watched was worth skipping out on Bruce and his alien counterparts!

Take care LGS! :-)

Marja said...

Ah squirrel you just wanted to ignore your soft side. But even for squirrels it is allowed these days to watch romantic movies.
Thanks for the tip

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