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An Awful Film to Avoid
Member Name: MrsDave
Advantages: A relatively acceptable story in places
Disadvantages: A completely unbelievable lead romance
I thought I was going to really enjoy this film and had looked forward to watching it for a long time before I actually did. Elizabethtown is widely available on DVD if you are looking to buy a copy yourself and costs £3.98 from Amazon at the moment. Please do read a few reviews, including mine, before you decide to give away four pounds of your money though.
The idea is of this film is that Orlando Bloom plays a character called Drew who has messed up his career most spectacularly. He is a shoe designer but his latest design is so bad that the world and his wife are ridiculing him. He has lost his company a considerable amount of money and left it all behind him to fly home to deal with his Dad's recent death.
En route he meets over-enthusiastic flight attendant Kirsten Dunst and they begin a rather bizarre relationship. The reason I say it is bizarre is because there are no real moments when we see anything developing between them, and yet they are allegedly drawn to one another from the word go. I found the emotion and reason really lacked here right from the outset.
The story itself was fine and very standard for an American family feel film. The supporting cast were a mixture of decent and mediocre actors who added a touch of drear, hysteria and bad comedy to the plot along the way. Susan Sarandon makes a particularly poor performance in this film.
I think this is one of those films you have to see to truly appreciate how poor it is. Most of the components that go into this film are fine in themselves, they simply do not work well together. The mixture of actors included in the film sounds fine, but they do not work well together on screen. The story lacks any real originality and the complete lack of romantic purpose made this a film I struggled to understand.
Summary: I really do not recommend this film.