Friday, December 23, 2011
Q: What’s the movie about?
A: In the late 19th century, a woman (Glenn Close) dresses as a man to work as a waiter, as he saves for his dream.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Pauline Collins, Bronagh Gallagher, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Light
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Proceed with Caution. I kept waiting to find out why this person was dressing as a man, and when it finally arrived, I didn't buy it. So ultimately, I had a hard time relating to what the film was supposed to be about.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: If you watch the trailer you might... Funnily enough, the very same jokes in the actual film aren't nearly as funny.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: You will definitely feel for this gentlefemme, as he tries to court a bratty young golddigger-- really a bronzedigger, considering our hero's financial means-- but your confusion about what he/she actually hopes to accomplish emotionally from marrying another woman will prevent you from actually caring to see him/her succeed. I mean, he's not even a lesbian!
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: This is one of those films that people will think they should see for the performances. Unless you're studying acting, you should never see films for the performances.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: The women dressed as men will undoubtedly get some acclaim as they take on the male physicality with precision and consistency, which especially comes through when they don dresses. Even so, Glenn Close does herself the disfavor of proving that she's much more attractive as a man, while Janet McTeer looks unmistakably like a woman (albeit a butch one) from the first time she appears on the screen to the moment when she reveals her gigantic breasts.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: I've enjoyed Rodrigo Garcia's work in the past, and his directing hasn't faltered. But the one difference between this and his previous projects is that he didn't write this one. So I guess he should take the fact that I enjoyed this film less than his others as a compliment.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: I know it's based on book, but it was hard enough to buy that one woman was dressed as a man, so when we find out there are two women dressing as men, it's super unbelievable-- unless this was a common occurrence of the times, in which case you, the writer, should make a point of explaining that. The way it is now, it seems highly coincidental and not very well justified.
Q: Where can I see the trailer?
A: Albert Nobbs Trailer
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