The Shape Of Things: DVD Review
The Shape Of Things: An Unusual Movie
Odd, Interesting & Compelling
This is a rather strange movie that I put in my NetFlix queue because of Rachel Weisz. I had seen her and liked her in Enemy At The Gates so put quite a few of her movies in queue to see her in other roles. I must say that I was quite impressed with her performance in this movie.
The general theme of the movie is that Adam (Paul Rudd) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) meet in the museum where he is a guard and she is in the process of defacing a piece of art in the name of art. Because it is almost time for his shift to end, and he doesn't want to fill out a lot of paperwork, he turns a blind eye and, in a moment of daring, asks her out.
The rest of the movie follows their romance and his subsequent transformation from nerd to average cute guy. The end is surprising, heart-wrenching, and strange, and that's all I'm going to say about that!
Using the standard 1-5 Stars rating system with one being worst and five being best, I would give this movie 4 stars because it is such an unusual story. I have to say that it is literally slow moving, and if the story were not so different, I would have rated it 2 or 3 because of the pacing. If it had not been such an unusual story, it would have lost my interest.
Throughout the movie, I kept thinking that it seemed to be paced as a play with pauses for audience reaction. It also seemed to be staged as a play with actors standing in one place for long periods of time and moving rather unaturally. When I watched the special features, my suspicions were confirmed. This was a stage play in London for a number of years with the same actors and directed by the same director, Neil LaBute. Although, he talks quite a bit about changing the staging and timing for the screen, I don't think he went nearly far enough! This movie could have been a good half hour shorter without cutting a line!
Nonetheless, I recommend it! Highly! Because it is a very interesting story with very interesting actors. Try it!
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Enemy At The Gates
Enemy At The Gates
This is another very fine movie that I highly recommend. The lead is an unusually gritty role for Jude Law, and he does a fine job while being just as handsome and charming as ever!
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