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The Ugly Truth (DVD)
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The Ugly Truth (DVD)
Advantages: Acting, direction and flow
Disadvantages: Nothing really
TV producer Abby is an uptight career woman. Man's man Mike who knows everything about how men and women can get to the heart of their intended loved ones. The two of them clash initially, but Abby soon realises that he is the answer to her lack of luck in dating. What ensues is a comedy of errors as Mike tries to show her what she's doing wrong.
I honestly believe you're never going to find a romcom that's going to come close to being a dazzling Oscar winner. Therefore, it's important that those involved in making this genre of film realise there's no need to try and push the boat out. Some quirky characters, likeable actors and a good smattering of situational comedy is the best equation for success, and luckily that's what The Ugly Truth does.
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler are two aesthetically pleasing actors. Heigl's prettiness is matched by the way she goes about giving us Abby as a character - she tries too hard and it becomes endearing, although you'd be really annoyed if you were trying to have a date with a walking diary! Conversely, Butler's gruff take-it-as-it-comes attitude is the best thing he could be. Casting was very clever, as these two play these sorts of roles very well here.
Things have to be very flowing in a romcom like this. Ultimately, there's nothing new here that hasn't been tried before, so the pace has to dictate. I think that what director Robert Luketic does well is keep the viewer's focus switching. There are moments where the two characters start realising they have feelings for each other, and the visual acting and direction as opposed to any vocal performances really makes the tension build a bit. I found myself watching it not with trepidation but with intrigue and a slight smile on my face. There's something about being given a fly on the wall position, especially as people try and psych themselves up for things that then fall apart in a comedic way.
I can't honestly say that there were any moments where I started to get bored. Usually in a film there are moments where things just need to settle a little bit and give the viewer that element of relaxation before the next twist or thrill or shock or laugh comes along. Here, there were moments like this, but they were filled with quirky extra little things, which seemed to say that Luketic had thought of every second and not just filtering bits and bobs around the main plot. I was impressed by this, and it made the film go much quicker without pushing it and it feeling forced.
So, a decent plot, enjoyable comedy elements that are relatable, good acting and thoughtful direction all combine to make this one of the better romcoms of late. It's believable, and it plays on the fact that romance is never an easy thing despite how easy it is to analyse. Well done all round, although as I said at the outset, I can't ever see a romcom being an exceptional film. Recommended.
Summary: Very enjoyable romcom