Friday, May 11, 2007

Two Films in One Week!

Somehow, I've had the fortune to watch 2 films this week.

The first was Stranger Than Fiction starring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson. I thought I would like this film, being about an author, and it turns out I really enjoyed it. Will Ferrell is not the sort of actor I imagine in a dramatic role, but he was perfectly cast as an ordinary quirky man who finds himself in an extraordinary situation. The part of the movie that I loved was when you saw the reaction the characters had to the book being written by Thompson's character once they read it. They were moved by it to such an extent that it really showed the power of the written word, the power of books. I can certainly relate to that.

The second movie I saw was Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger. I enjoyed this as well, particularly the beautiful locations and scenery. I'm still not sure how I feel about the drawings coming to life as it felt a bit precious. I am now intrigued by how much of the movie was an accurate portrayal of Potter's life. The recent biography Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear is presently in my amazon shopping cart. Everything always leads to books, does it not?


Nan said...

I, too, enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction. A nice surprise. I eagerly await Miss Potter. I've got the new biography and look forward to spending time in its pages.

Lesley said...

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction, especially Will Ferrell. I love Emma Thompson, though, and knew she'd be fabulous.

The Potter movie, I'm a little leery of, since I'm not a big fan of RZ.

nutmeg said...

I loved Miss Potter. I'm a bit of a sentimentalist (I had a little tear in the eye!). It didn't get that great reviews here and most thought it only "movie of the day on TV" material but I think it was worthwhile seeing it in the theatre as it had great outdoor scenery. I looked into the autobiography too and have it on a wishlist somewhere!

Tara said...

Nan and Lesley, you've both put it well, Stranger Than Fiction was a nice surprise.

Lesley, I know what you mean about RZ. Her performances often seem 'forced'.

Nutmeg, I did get a tear in my eye as well. I'm not sure what the reviews were here and I agree the scenery is best seen in the theatre. My husband asked me to order him a couple books and I added the biography onto the order last night. I hope I'm still in the mood by the time it arrives.

Iliana said...

I loved Stranger Than Fiction. It was such a pleasant surprise. I wanted to see Miss Poter when it came out but now I'll have to wait for DVD.

Tara said...

Bookgirl, I too was waiting for the DVD but it came to the $2 theater instead!