I was excited about Nancy Drew

Until I saw the trailer. She moves to Hollywood? WTF?

Yesterday, I saw a pretty crappy movie: Music and Lyrics. Crappy, in that the storyline didn’t reeeally hold together, and also in that its main characters were supposed to fall in love in the course of about 0 days and for little reason. There are some nice tries — the entire sequence mocking the Jessica Simpson/Britney Spears type was nice — but overall the story was flat, the film was flat, the timeline was really screwy (at least twice people were wearing outfits in one scene that then reappeared a few scenes later, as though pieces of the story were getting moved around after filming), and, overall, eh. Blah.

The highlights were the scenes where Hugh Grant, as Alex Fletcher, was making a complete ass of himself. It’s the most daring movie I’ve seen Hugh Grant do, I think, in terms of abject self-humiliation: lots of supposed-to-be ridiculous dancing (my theory on this is that this movie was something Grant signed for just after Love Actually, in which his dancing was a big hit). He also plays “old,” in this film (while Drew Barrymore seemed to be playing young — there were moments when I thought her character could pass for 22). He actually looks 47 (which he is) instead of late-30s, which is what he seems to often play. It’s important to the role, I realize, but — it ends up feeling a little like daring.

I left the movie thinking: how did Hugh Grant get talked into that? and then, Wait a second, why am I thinking of Hugh Grant as a particularly good actor? So I checked my collection, and my memory, and what I came up with was this: I still have Hugh Grant (as actor) sympathies from Four Weddings and a Funeral. A movie that I still, hopelessly, endlessly love. And since then, he’s done some decent comedic movies: About a Boy and Bridget Jones being the real high points (though I enjoyed American Dreamz quite a bit. And Two Weeks Notice, but more for Sandra Bullock). I have enjoyed his recent “makeover” as the guy who always plays the redeemable cad in movies. But, Hugh Grant — eh. He’s not actually as famous, nor as good, as I think he is, is he?

Also this weekend, I saw Zodiac. I usually avoid movies with any kind of spookiness/goriness involved, particularly when I will have to drive home from said movies alone, in the fog, in the dark. But I couldn’t resist the call of Jake Gyllenhaal, and (having been reassured by reviews that it wouldn’t be the “typical” serial killer movie) I ended up enjoying the movie quite a bit. Robert Downey Jr. was excellent, as was Mark Ruffalo, and, yep, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Is it possible the only David Fincher movie I’ve seen is Fight Club? Answer: yes, because of the aforementioned avoidance of suspense thrillers.

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7 Responses to I was excited about Nancy Drew

  1. next_bold_move says:

    Ah, Hugh Grant’s dancing in Love, Actually makes me smile just thinking about it.

  2. ellenneithernor says:

    Is Nancy Drew moving to Hollywood for middle school? That girl is so not a college freshman.

  3. kepkanation says:

    Yes, it appears she’s still in school — I think it’s middle school, but could be high school.

  4. kepkanation says:

    I admit, I almost went out to rent the movie after seeing this one. Maybe that dancing gave me hopes for this movie.

  5. gotmce99 says:

    Best Hugh Grant movie ever: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain

  6. kepkanation says:

    I remember seeing that but can’t remember anything about it, except that Hugh Grant was in it. Maybe it warrants a second viewing?

  7. gotmce99 says:

    I guess I prefer Love Actually, but I don’t really consider it a Hugh Grant movie because he doesn’t carry it. In Englishman, he’s the original cute, bashful, pre-scandal Hugh.

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