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Fancy a Good Sleep.
Member Name: katygriff
Advantages: Kirsten Dunst.
Disadvantages: Everything Else.
I do like Kirsten Dunst and I also like Orlando Bloom so when I saw that they were both going to be in a film called Elizabethtown I wanted to see it. It came out at the cinema and people kept telling me how bad it was so I didn’t bother going to see it but I rented it on video the other day and me and my sister Sam decided to give it a go and then wished we hadn’t. Very disappointed as it could have been a great film and here is why.
The Film Story:
The first scene of the film introduces us to Drew Baylor. He is a young hot shot who has just created a shoe which has sold like anything and made the company a lot of money. Drew looks extremely happy and is celebrating in a big room with all of his work colleagues and the colours are bright and happy.
The next scene however sees Drew being talked to by his boss Phil who is saying that the trainer has had to be recalled and the company is set to lose in the region of one billion dollars because of Drew’s mistake and as a result Phil has to fire Drew. Drew knowing that the news will break out within a few days begins to feel suicidal and in this state he attaches a knife to a bicycle that will stab him as he rides the bike. The colours have now changed to very drab blacks and greys so you can feel depressed as a viewer too. As Drew prepares to kill himself he gets a phone call from his sister who announces his father has died and that he is needed to collect the body ready for the cremation.
As Drew makes his way to collect his father’s body from Kentucky he meets an air flight attendant called Claire. Claire is the exact opposite of Drew as she is full of life and optimism and sensing that Drew is feeling a bit down she tries her best to offer him advice and to cheer him up. As he leaves the airport he realises that her advice is worth taking and is pleased when she phones him up out of the blue one evening.
Drew and Claire begin a friendship as they chat on the phone throughout the night and realise that they could be good for each other and the film follows their blossoming relationship.
Verdict on the Story:
Yes the story sounds depressing but that is because essentially it is. The comedy and lighthearted themes do not come out very often and when they do it is only due to Claire as a very optimistic person who is full of life. It is a great premise that a suicidal person is bought back to having fun because of the influence of those around him but this story just does not work well at all.
The script is to blame as I cannot stress to you enough how boring it is and it is so dull that it makes you hate the movie and just want it to end. The story plays out as you expect it would as it is so predictable but because the characters are boring it makes the story boring. There is nothing new with the story and the script writers could have done with thinking a bit more about using the characters to their full potential by making the script an identifiable story.
The one thing I would definitely change about the film is the awful use of narration throughout from Drew. I know he is not meant to be a happy chap but the narration does just make the film even more depressing. The thing I don’t get is the narration does not even help you, it does not give you any insight into the character or how he is thinking because he just says things that you are seeing so it is a bit obvious.
Cast and Characters:
Orlando Bloom – Drew Baylor
Kirsten Dunst – Claire Colburn
Alec Baldwin – Phil
Jessica Biel – Ellen Kishmore
Susan Sarandon – Hollie Baylor
Verdict on the Cast and Characters:
First the cast and by looking at the list I bet you are thinking well how could they fail. To be honest most of the main cast are great and play their roles with ease but the only problem is Bloom. Now I like him but in this film he is just the wrong person and is unbelievable in his role. He seems to be overacting all of the time and I know that his character is supposed to be quite depressed but Bloom does not pull any facial expressions. He does not look sad at any point and it is just annoying as he just looks like he is trying to look sad all of the time if that makes sense.
Dunst on the other hand brings a breath of fresh air to an otherwise rubbish movie as she really gets you to believe and care about her character and you cannot wait to see her in all of her scenes.
Every single character in my opinion is not at all memorable and the character of Claire is actually the only one. I know it is down to the script that makes the movie have such a depressing film but films such as Garden State have had the same sort of story and they have made the most of the characters and made them very identifiable. This movie fails and I do think it is down to the script and not entirely to the cast that the characters are so unwatchable and to be honest you just want to skip most scenes.
Things to know:
Price – £9.99 on Amazon
Runtime – 123 minutes
Certificate – 12
I think where this film fails is it is trying to be something it isn’t. Me and Sam got the impression that the film makers desperately wanted it to be seen as a bit of an indie flick but they have done it all wrong. The way the film is shot is annoying with many scenes simply unneeded because they are so boring such as at one point when you see Orlando and Kirsten talking on the phone for ages with just music in the background. I can see why they have put the scene in but it did not stop it being ultimately boring.
The actual story has such a great premise and could have been made so good and interesting by using the right script so it is such a shame it has turned out this way. I have to admit to you that while we were watching it we did skip several parts because they were so boring it was depressing and we still followed the film completely. While we were skipping we could see what was happening so we didn’t feel like we missed anything at all. The only scenes we did watch were ones with Dunst in as they were at least watchable.
He other thing that is wrong with the story is the narration by Bloom which makes the story seem even more boring as he is always talking about depressing things. I have to say that I would never watch this movie again as it is so annoying because of that narration.
The absolute ray of sunshine in this film is Dunst who provides all of the fun and every scene that she is in is worth watching which unfortunately still only equates to almost an hour of a two hour film. Everything else is simply boring because Bloom is just rubbish in it. People have always said to me that they do not think Bloom is a very good actor and I have always stuck up for him but in this film I can see what they are on about. He is trying to be a likeable character who has these deep thoughts but Bloom does not act properly so he looks like he is constipated throughout the entire movie.
The way the film is shot is quite interesting as usually they try to make film scenery look quite appealing but I would not have liked to visit anywhere in this film as it all looked quite built up and dull. Sets seem a bit common so it looks like the film was made on the cheap but saying that it does fit in with the theme of the film as not everywhere can be beautiful with sandy beaches and blue sky’s I suppose.
My other complaint about this film is the length which is just extremely too long. If they had cut down on some of the unneeded scenes such as ones at the Dads friends house and when they are on the phone then I think about half an hour could have been shaved off the film. I know it has been marketed as a romantic comedy film but to me there is just not much comedy and the only laughs come from Dunst.
In conclusion I would say this film just scrapes in two stars because of Kirsten Dunst providing light relief to the otherwise dull Orlando Bloom. If you want my opinion then I would put this film back on the shelf and go and rent Garden State instead as this is the film Elizabethtown is trying desperately to be and failing miserably.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Boring, Boring, Boring.