There has long been talk surrounding Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs and their potential with Oscar. I'm still a wee bit bitter about the robbery of 2009 when Kate Winslet stole Hathaway's statue for her flawless performance in Rachel Getting Married so this second opportunity for (hopefully deserved) recognition is irresistible, especially now there is a trailer. And it is rather terrific. It also positions Hathaway as the woman to beat in the upcoming award race. And here is why...
She is one of the hottest young properties in Hollywood right now. Oscar loves to crown young starlets, especially when they are as charismatic as Hathaway (see: Audrey Hepburn, Gwyneth Paltrow)
Oscar has already shown appreciation for her with a nomination for Rachel Getting Married...
...although they were obliged to award Winslet instead. They owe her an apology. In the form of her own Oscar. Or she attack them with a brief case.
This role reeks of female characters who have been adored by Oscar before. Cynical jibing (Erin Brockovich), kooky eccentricities (Annie Hall), suffering wife (June Carter Cash of Walking the Line).
She gives good acceptance speeches; suitably excited, modest, funny and grateful. There would be tears.
Viola Davis...Paul Dano...Peter Sarsgaard...Celia Weston...this list of wonderful supporting actors surprised and excited me very much as the opening credits rolled by. Unfortunately all were given flat characters with no meat. Boo!
Tom Cruise is hot.
Cameron Diaz is turning into Goldie Hawn. And I love it. Where other ladies of Hawn's age went into the role of mother or villain, she remained her own bubbly self. Ok, so that has more or less relegated her from the world of film but Diaz arguably has greater box-office pull and, therefore, greater potentional in remaining her bubbly self as a 'mature' woman without falling into the default categories for such women. I would love to see Diaz retain her wonderfully fun persona as long as possible, youthful or not.
The score, by John Powell, takes the regular sounds of James Bond on a wonderfully flamboyant holiday. And it oddly works rather well to the breezy feel of the film. I liked.
We all know Peter Sarsgaard can play the mysterious villain. Unquestionably. So instead of casting him in the same villain-in-disguise-who-eventually-turns-evil please give him, and the audience, something more interesting to work with. He deserves better.
This is yet another piece of evidence of why CGI is not beneficial in film. Particularly the action sequence involving Spanish bulls. Cringing.
I am not so optimistic for my flight back to London tomorrow, how likely is it that one man can take down the whole crew and passengers? I think I may take the boat...it seems to be the one form of transport that is not unsafe.
Cruise and Diaz do not make a wonderful cinematic couple despite sporting the best pair of smiles Hollywood can offer.
Diaz should take that truth cerium in all of her films. She is wonderfully adorable under its influence...I really think she should try and work that into her future contracts. Especially if it continues to make her laugh as she does her. It is infectiously glorious.
Will audiences ever celebrate Cruise again? His terrific persona remains intact...but the film's performance at the box office would suggest no one cares. Shame.