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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An out of work governess (Frances McDormand) shows up at an American actress's (Amy Adams) loft, and pretends the employment agency has sent her to work as the actress's "social secretary." This one day together changes both of their destinies forever.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Lee Pace, Tom Payne, Mark Strong

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. It's cute but totally predictable, light, and theatrically hyper-stylized.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Maybe.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you're hungry. (That's an inside joke between me and the people who have actually seen the movie.)

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Keep your eye on the costume design. Amy Adams' clothes are original and classic looking at the same time, for this 1939 set piece. And man, is she good at wearing the stuff! She manages to walk and saunter in ways that draw your attention to the flow of every article of clothing she wears, as it sweeps off of her dramatically. Additionally, there is a lingerie show in the film that reinforces the costume designer's (Michel O'Connor) undeniable cache of talent.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Frances McDormand is an old pro, but Amy Adams, while remaining one of the most enjoyable actresses to watch on screen, may be a little over the top in this one. Though her performance is grounded in reality, she seems to be living in a heightened reality as compared to most of the other characters in the film-- which worked perfectly in Enchanted, but is a tad too much here.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: It is reminiscent of a 1940s comedy, which is clearly exactly the point.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Though based on a book, it feels more like it's based on a play. The characters are few, and it is very self-contained, sometimes requiring the kind of coincidence that can only be pulled off on a live-theater stage. The old fashioned farcical elements are strong, but as a film, it could perhaps have been opened up a bit.

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