Yet Another Top 5 Most Underrated Romantic Movies of All Time

Diving straight to the point to save some time and energy. 

1) Stage Beauty
I love movies that are set in a different era. Watching them is like time travel and the probable reason why I hated Marie Antoinette (the one with Kirsten Dunst). Anyway, Stage Beauty is a well-acted and nicely scripted movie. It stars Billy Crudup and Claire Danes in central roles. Set in the 17th century, the movie is about theatre politics. Women, in that era, were not allowed to perform on stage. Hence, men took over and played the female characters. One person who wants to change it all is Maria (Danes), who has a passion for performing on stage. In the process, she manages to anger Ned (Crudup) who is famed as the stage beauty of the day.

    What I love about the movie?

Apart from the script, it’s the crackling chemistry between the leads that makes me go all gooey inside. It’s therefore, not a surprise that Crudup and Danes actually started dating after the movie was completed.

A special mention of the scene where their chemistry is sizzling enough to set the temperatures soaring.

Stage beauty

2) Inventing the Abbotts

Another movie set in a different era. Another movie starring Billy Crudup. Another movie about love. You get the picture, don’t you?

It’s the 1950s, and two brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug (Joaquin Phoenix) are in love. The Abbott sisters are pretty and wealthy and out of both Jacey’s and Doug’s league. But they do fall in love and complications arise.

    What I love about the film?

While it’s essentially a movie about love, Inventing the Abbotts is not just about matters of the heart. It’s a brilliant commentary on the social mores of that period when love was dictated by social standards. It’s also about control and freedom. Take the three sisters, for instance. One’s a rebel, bent on bringing shame to the family; the other one is too meek to give up her own life; the third one is the more practical and sensible of the lot.

And I like movies about misfits. Joaquin Phoenix and Liv Tyler are cutely weird and I’m sure you too would root for them.

Inventing the abbotts

3) Tristan + Isolde
I’m usually not a big fan of epic romances. They are always so melodramatic and predictable, but in this case I made an exception because I adore James Franco.

So the story isn’t path breaking. The handsome warrior meets and falls in love with the princess, who returns his affections (who wouldn’t?). But when it comes to choosing between love and honor, there is heartbreak, pain and tears. The two, do get back together and what follows is more heartbreak, pain and tears. It was supposed to be a tragic love story, but I can’t claim I was moved to tears.

    What I love about this film?

Despite what I said, there’s still so much to like this movie. The music is well suited to the mood and Rufus Sewell is great as always. Plus, there’s James Franco. I only wished they had found someone who had a better chemistry with him.

P.S. Henry Cavill stars in a small role too.

tristan

4) Ladies in Lavender

There’s something really special about a movie that attempts to tell a story in a really simple manner. In the process, it becomes a far more poignant tale than the pretentious movies that shamelessly manipulate our emotions. Ladies in Lavender is a master class in simple storytelling.

Two aging sisters find a young man washed ashore near their house. Over the next few days, they nurse him back to health and discover he’s a violinist from Poland. The younger sister eventually falls in love with him. But by the time the movie ends, it’s back to normal routine life for the two spinsters.

    What I love about the film?

A movie that stars Maggie Smith and Judi Dench has brilliance written all over it. Every dialogue, every movement and every gesture seems so natural that you’d forget you’ve been watching a movie. Big props to Daniel Bruhl, too, for holding it against these two powerful actresses. His vulnerability, innocence and naturalness prove why he’s such a wonderful actor.

Oh! And I did shed a few tears by the time the credits rolled in.

ladies in lavender

5) Room with a View

Maggie Smith and Judy Dench, again. How I love these two!

Based on a book written by E.M. Forster, Room with a View is about a young woman trapped in a world of proprietary and archaic customs. Imagine this. If an unmarried couple is found kissing, they would have to be married! Where’s Henry Cavill when you need him?

Anyway, the young girl is played to perfection by Helena Bonham Carter. I couldn’t believe how young she was, before all the eccentricity started. The man she’s in love with is played by Julian Sands. They have a nice chemistry and the supporting cast is good too.

    What I love about this movie?

As much as I cringe to admit, my best moment from the movie was this scene. Love how dreamy the guy sounds and how perfect the moment is. After all the struggles and turbulences, Lucy and George are finally in the world of their own. A world where they can look outside, without feeling the pressures of society tying them down. It could have been very mushy, but turned out differently.

room

So here you go. 5 underrated romantic movies that you should catch, if you haven’t already.

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3 Top Office Movies

Friday and my mind has already gone for a weekend it seems. Summer vacations are approaching in Europe and that means there will be less workload for me in the coming days. It also means that I’ll have more time to update this blog and do random stuff at work.

While I’m at it, I was wondering what all random things I can do to kill time. Hmmm, this should be fun.  Let’s see. I can book a meeting room for an entire day and stream movies to watch them on the projector. Sweet. Or I can spend some more time at the gym to lose all those kilos. Naah, the first option seems far better. Unfortunately, none of them are going to work out and I’m probably going to waste my time browsing FB or reading inane tweets from people I don’t like.

Anyway, let me bring my mind back to where it should belong. The blog, yes, the blog. Since I’m thinking too much about my office, how about a list of workplace movies I loved? Mmmm, not very sure how it will turn out. But what the hell.

Here you go.

The Devil Wears Prada
There’s something about this movie that makes it so endearing to me. Oh wait! I know what it is. I can relate to Anne Hathaway’s character on so many levels that it’s a little weird. Like her, I’ve always seen myself typing away to earn a living (I’m a writer, if you didn’t know). I’m also extremely callous in terms of what I put on my back. No fashionista, this side. And of course, I had a monster manager once.

The first time I watched it, I laughed out loud every time Meryl Streep assigned one impossible task after another to wreak havoc in Hathaway’s life. Soon enough, I recalled the nights I had to stay back in office to finish Herculean tasks because D wanted that way. I had become a size zero during those 2 years. And in the end much like Streep, D told me that she saw a great deal of herself in me. Like Hathaway I never believed her though. 

What to love about this movie?
Almost everything. There’s humor, fashion and some great performances. The only complain I have is the lack of good looking guys.

Horrible Bosses

This was one was great fun. 3 guys facing a difficult time at work because all 3 have horrible bosses. It’s a great example of how art imitates life. And they have the worst of all type: the calculative devil, the spoilt son of the boss, and the perverted one (she’s a doc, by the way). In my 7 years of experience, I have met only the first kind and trust me I count my blessings. I really don’t know how I’ll react if my boss was a punk or made a pass at me.

Anyway when the 3 friends think they have had enough, they decide to take the extreme step. How it all turns out is something I’m not going to spoil here. Watch it and you will understand.

What to love about this movie?
The clever lines. Like the one when the guys hearing their friend complaining about workplace harassment tell him that his situation really doesn’t sound too bad. I had a chuckle.

500 Days of Summer

I know, I know. This one’s not really about the workplace trials and tribulations. But it is still an office romance and a movie I had recommended to a lovelorn colleague of mine who had a massive crush on this girl from another department. For pragmatic people like me, this one is far more realistic than some soppy office rom-coms. It tells that while love can inspire creativity, reality can bring us closer to our passions. The only glitch is you don’t get to bump into cute guys like Gordon Joseph Levitt at work. Instead you get pesky douchebags who you are better off avoiding.

What to love about the movie?
It’s reality. You get real people going through real situations.

4 Wonderful Movies that You May not Have Heard About

Sometimes it’s really hard to decide what you want to watch. I usually do a random Google search, find some options, weigh each on Imdb and then take a call. Sometimes it’s a very bad decision and I end up wasting a couple of precious hours of my life. Other times, I stumble upon movies that few would have probably heard about.

So to make your life a little easier, I have compiled this list. If you are bored, alone and confused, try one of these.

Ladies of Lavender
I watched this movie for the first time when I was in college. Truth be told, I had very little idea about Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Plus the movie was a little slow. Anyway as I started watching it, I found myself in the world inhabited by its central characters. 2 elderly sisters live in a picturesque little village where they have hardly anything to do. Till of course, something happens that changes their lives. The change is brought upon by a young man who’s washed ashore. The sisters take him in, nursing him back to health and what follows is a series of love, heartbreak and epiphany.

Swimming with the Sharks

A really smart movie about office politics, ambition and greed. This one stars one of my all-time favorites, Kevin Spacey in the leads and as usual he is superb. It’s especially interesting if you have watched and liked American Beauty as much as I did. Here Spacey is a far cry from the character he played in American Beauty. He’s instead much like the character he played in Horrible Bosses.

Thank You For Smoking

If you love dark humor, you gotta watch this one. It’s not every day you come across a smart comedy that doesn’t take you for granted. Smart dialogues, a tight screenplay and a GREAT performance from Aaron Eckheart makes this one a must watch if you enjoy sarcasm.

Room with a View
Now if you love romantic movies, you might have watched this one. Though most people I know haven’t. Anyway this one is based on a novel by E.M. Forster. It provides a great insight into how society has evolved over the years. Back when women were supposed to marry for a better future and not necessarily love. Or when rigid rules confined women to the four walls. People still fell in love but not everybody had the guts to follow their heart. Luckily in this one, they do!

Popular Characters From Movies and Their Probable Sun Signs

Growing up, I was fascinated by the intriguing world of astrology, sun signs and palmistry. I rummaged through the old pages of Cheiro that my father had bought years ago to learn more about ‘myself’. Why am I talking about astrology all of a sudden? Well, it’s simply a thought that came to my mind the other day. I love movies and some touch me in ways that I take days, even weeks to get the characters out of my head. So, how about identifying the traits of some of my favorite characters and guessing what sun sign they could’ve been. Still with me? Good. Now, some of these characters may have birthdates. But that’s not the point. The idea is to review the traits of some of my favorite/not-so-favorite characters and align them with probable zodiac signs.

So, here we go.

Lester Burnham (American Beauty)

Having watched American Beauty for some 70 times, I remember almost all the lines from the movie. One of my closest friends, who’s also an American Beauty fan, by the way, tells me that every time she watches this movie she learns something new. I cannot help but agree. What makes it so unforgettable is its characterization and the man who tells us the story is Lester Burnham.

Now let’s see what we can know from his characteristics. When the movie begins, he’s a friendless, unpopular guy. Someone whose company doesn’t leave an impression and whose absence doesn’t make any difference. Later of course, he turns into someone anybody stuck in a monotonous routine would be able to relate to. He quits his job, takes risks and ends up doing some rather impossible/improbable things.
I think Lester is a Taurean. A Taurus guy is usually described as the strong and silent type. He probably won’t even present his true self to the world before taking it by surprise. Precisely, what Lester does once he lets his hair down.

Theodore Twombly (Her)

I’m still unsure if I liked this movie or not. But there’s no doubt in my mind that Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly is one of my favorite characters from the movies. He’s shy, introverted and deeply emotional (P.S. Kind of man I’d normally avoid in real life, but I digress). I loved the scenes where he pens letters for people who can’t express themselves or perhaps don’t want to. He is someone who fails to connect with people around him but finds himself falling in love with his OS.

All these qualities make me wonder if he is a Piscean. Pisces are born romantics and veritable loners. They don’t find loneliness alarming rather they derive pleasure out of it. Plus, they are creative and Theodore’s heartfelt letters provide ample evidence that he’s a creative man too.

Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)

I’ll be honest. Linda Goodman herself likened Scarlett to the fiery Aries women. So nothing I write here will be absolutely original. She’s my favorite nevertheless. So, I have to include her in the list. Anywhere, here’s my two cents. Unlike the perfect female protagonists of those times, Scarlett is surprisingly real and even a flawed character. Perhaps, that’s what makes Gone with the Wind such a timeless classic. It doesn’t preach, doesn’t give us a damsel in distress and a knight in shining armor. The central protagonists are conceited, disreputable people, facing real dilemmas and moral crises. And that’s precisely why I find Scarlett more relatable than say Elizabeth Bennett.

Now the Aries qualities that Scarlett possesses. Throughout the narrative, she makes decisions that make her look selfish and narcissistic. Most Aries are derided for the exact vices. They can’t think beyond their needs, it is said. In their defense, Aries are like overgrown kids. You can’t call a child selfish, can you? It’s more or less same for the Aries folk. They think about themselves first, but calling them selfish is overly harsh. Remember, Scarlett’s toils to keep her father’s legacy (Tara) alive?

So, what’s your sun sign?

Top 5 Most Overrated Romantic Films

Romance is one emotion that has been time and again exploited and over-exploited in cinema. Hollywood, in particular, takes the cake. I, for one, firmly believe that many of these ‘romantic sagas’ are manipulative and pretentious. To defend myself here, let me discuss 5 goody-goody films that are generally loved by most people (especially women) but not by me.

5. Maid in Manhattan

Okay, IMDB shows a rating of 4.8 for this lousy film, which is good news because I think I am not the only one who thought this movie totally sucked.

The plot is about a charming politician played by Ralph Fiennes who befriends a maid working at a classy hotel in Manhattan. The maid (your proverbial damsel in distress) is a poor single mother. They fall in love, (the guy by the way, doesn’t know about her occupation and mistakes her for someone else. Read: A rich socialite.) The guy, the girl and her young son become a happy family until her charade is over. How it all ends? I think you must have guessed it by now.

If the story reminds you of Cinderella, it’s simply because the makers of this movie obviously had no creative talent. To make it more soppy, they got Jennifer Lopez to play the lead (you know getting brownie points from the Hispanic community). Every scene of this movie reeks of manipulation and that makes it a terrible watch. And, JLo cannot act. Period.

Boring, boring, boring

4. A Walk to Remember

Another tear-jerker this one. To be honest, I did shed a few tears while watching this movie. Cancer, pain, death. Well, I am human, of course. But unlike my friends who seem to think of it as some sort of modern day classic, I thought this movie is plain ridiculous and again manipulative.

It’s essentially a high school romance about this really spoilt kid who’s punished to join a drama club. Since he’s too cool to join any goddamn drama club whose members are all dorks, he’s really obviously pissed off. Then comes the girl (the goody goody girl) in oversized clothes trying her best to look ordinary and boring. She’s ridiculed by the cool kids but is too kind to take offence. Turns out she is the daughter of a reverend, has never been kissed and believes in God. While preparing for a school play, the guy spends more time with her and ‘surprisingly’ falls in love (who would’ve thought that, huh?) We get to know she’s not that boring and has some secret wishes (nothing kinky here, okay?)

Everything’s fine until one day the girl tells the guy that she has cancer and time’s running out. Poor chap is devastated and how he fulfills her wishes before she dies forms the rest of the story. Some people call it a coming-of-age movie (obviously they haven’t heard of the Graduate). To me, it’s so lame that even Mean Girls looks Oscar worthy when you compare the two. First of all, the way the girl breaks it to the guy that she’s dying is one of the most god-awful scenes in the history of mankind. It’s like you are in the middle of a date when you casually remark that you’re lactose intolerant. It’s really casual and quite unfair for the guy. Then, the girl! She’s a one-dimensional, lousy character who can do no wrong. Sorry, but I am not too fond of pious angels in movies, especially when the movie is set in the 2000s and in not some little village in Eastern Europe or the Middle East. Doesn’t fly! Even the guy’s reckless behavior is blamed on the broken home he comes from (again a stereotype). In short, no character development.

It’s basically one of those sweet movies that make you feel a little diabetic in the end.

3. Dirty Dancing

I have watched this movie many times for the moves. But I’ve never quite understood why many people think it’s a wonderful romantic film. Yes, there’s a romantic track (every movies has it) but that doesn’t make it a romantic saga, right?

More than anything, watch it for Patrick Swayze’s moves. Loved the way he looks and glides on the dance floor. But the romantic track is really, really overrated. The story is narrated by the lead who comes from an affluent family on their way to a fancy resort. She is shy, intelligent and kind. In the resort, she meets the poor hunk (Swayze) who’s the dance instructor. They fall in love and that pretty much sums up the story.

Now the problem with this movie is that it paints all its characters in black and white. The noble doctor, the girl with a golden heart, the shallow sister or the evil hotel owner. You don’t have to spend too much time on deciding who’s what. Plus, the leading lady Jennifer Grey is not easy on the eyes. She’s neither pretty nor charming. Her hair, nose, eyes, everything is less than ordinary and to think she’s paired opposite someone as good looking and charming as Swayze! Not fair on her, I guess.

Enough with Baby and her corner!

2. Silver Linings Playbook

Everyone has his/her take on movies that didn’t deserve an Oscar. This movie is mine. Apart from Jennifer Lawrence (who’s definitely among the most talented actors of our times), there’s truly nothing going for this movie. Not even the romance.

Talking about its plot is also a tiring exercise. The guy (Bradley Cooper) has come back from some rehab where he struggles to fit in with his own family. He wants reunite with his ex-wife and in the process meets a sex addict (Lawrence). The two get closer and participate in a dance competition, where they must score 5 or more (Exactly why, I can’t remember).

The problem with this movie is there’s no element of surprise. You know how it’s all going to end. The guy will end up with the woman and honestly, the dance competition bit is something we’ve all watched. The leads look good together but there’s not much focus on their chemistry. Rather, the director put his fingers in too many pies. Racial attacks, poverty, family disintegration. Blah, blah, blah.

In one word, Overrated!

1. P.S. I Love You

There are basically two types of people in the world. Those who love P.S. I Love You and those who don’t. Never came across an indifferent person who has watched this movie and hasn’t made up his/her mind yet.

Now why do I hate it? Maybe, it will be easier if I put that it points.

1)     As I mentioned with A Walk to Remember, I detest stories that exploit loss and death. This movie does that, every scene, every dialogue is aimed at making people feel sad and terrible.

2)     So, the guy dies and wants his woman to move on. Great! But with every letter, doesn’t he try to do the exact opposite? You keep reminding how wonderful you were together or how you met in the first place and still expect her to move on? A tad difficult.

3)     I have no problems with Gerard Butler. But I’ve met many people who’ve loved it simply because of his accent and good looks. Of course, it’s hard to come to terms with the death of such a good looking husband. Would it not have been better if a regular guy was playing the character? Someone not so charming or good looking. An ordinary guy who could still leave an impression and make audience think why the woman is not capable of moving on after his death?

4)     Hilary Swank. Give her a Million Dollar Baby, but NOT a mushy love story, please! She looked odd, acted weird and honestly seemed just wrong for the role. Case in point, watch her in the scene where she first meets Butler. It has the most awkward kiss in the history of mankind and it’s quite evident she is confused.

Everything said and done, I don’t have any problems with it. I just don’t understand how people can go all crazy with this movie, that’s it. It doesn’t strike a chord with me and I am happy to admit I am not a fan.

Greatest love story? Really???

Tom Cruise: The Actor in Magnolia

Back in the 90s when I was still some time away from the much awaited teenage years, boys and girls had hardly anything in common. If boys had their WWF stars to talk about, girls had all the time in the world to discuss MTV and their favorite nail polish color. It was also fashionable for the boys to dislike everything the girls liked (and vice versa). So, boys would laugh at Spice Girls while the girls would scoff at Schwarzenegger. There was one actor though who bridged the divide without much effort (not counting the charm and good looks here). That was Tom Cruise.

Every girl’s pin-up star whose pictures in the papers were stuff to gab about in the class next day. Interestingly, I never came across a guy who said he hated Cruise. Pierce Brosnan. Too gay. Nick Carter. Too girly. Keanu Reeves (before Matrix). Too lame. But Tom Cruise? Now, he was someone every boy wanted to be like and I can see why. At 5 feet 7, he is certainly not the ‘hunk’ women would fall in love with. Instead he just appeared as this unassuming cool chap who despite being aware of his drop dead good looks and effect on women, never acted as a douchebag. (Katie Holmes was still in school, I think and the couch act was still some years away). Boys wanted to grow up to be a guy like him. Someone who could melt hearts with a smile and look killer in Aviator glasses.  

The boy next door

 

As I grew up and watched him in his famous flicks, I felt his movies could somehow never tap his acting talent. Good looks, yes charm, definitely. But acting? Most of the movies he acted in had very little of the character he was portraying (barring Jerry Maguire, of course. Though that movie too harnessed every inch of his superstardom by making him ooze charm in every frame). He has always been Tom Cruise, the highest earning star in Hollywood, the man who sends hearts aflutter and who is perhaps more known for his personal life than professional work.

One movie though that attempted to give a glimpse into Cruise’s acting potential is Magnolia. Cruise plays a pickup artist, a really annoying guy who helps frustrated men hit on women and get them onto their beds. He has everything working for him, fans, money, fame; a perfect life.

The douchebag

You’d be pissed off by this know-it-all misogynist guy who seems to be doing quite well in his career. I was too but Cruise with his innate likeability kept me glued. Plus, the movie’s not about Cruise. It has other interrelated stories and he’s just another character in the plot.

The movie progresses and Tom Cruise’s cocky, egoistical self-obsessed character meets his match in a mean TV interviewer. In a couple of minutes, she tears down the character’s veneer of love, success and perfection. We come to know about Cruise’s troubled childhood, his loss and difficult years while growing up in a broken home. In a flash, Cruise transforms his character and you can’t help feel sorry for him. A guy who had to watch his mother die, leave home, stay with some relatives and build everything from the scratch. He looks dazed as the interviewer starts tearing him apart and when she asks him what he’s doing, he simply answers that he’s quietly judging her. The words cave in and I imagine the tough road he’s had to take to reach wherever he is.

Much later, he reunites with his ailing father who’s on his deathbed. He is apprehensive, almost shaking as he enters the house and asks the nurse to stay close because he might kill him if they are alone. Finally as he sits next to the dying man, he gives in to all the pent up emotions that were choking him all these years. He cries out for him, screams at him and expresses his innermost feelings that he could not share with anyone all those years. It’s such a poignant moment that chokes you up when Cruise angrily demands his father not to leave him again. Loss. Abandonment. Pain.

The man dies and Cruise looks composed, as if he has accepted everything and can now go on to become a better man.

The performance is so heartfelt that I didn’t feel Cruise was acting in any of the scenes. As someone who keeps his past buried somewhere to create an image of success, Cruise is the veritable loner here. He doesn’t have a girlfriend or close friends, just an entourage in charge of polishing his celebrity status. In the end, you feel for him. You do, like I did.

The fact that Cruise himself grew up in a troubled house and his relationship with his father was far from being cordial perhaps brings that level of authenticity in the final outburst. I don’t know how much of himself he was playing in this one but the final scene broke down that pinup boy’s mirage. He was nominated for an Oscar and I honestly feel he should’ve got it. Not taking away anything from Michael Caine who received it that year.

Which is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?

Gone Girl, the Movie and the Long Wait Begins!

Have you heard this? Gone Girl, the bestseller by Gillian Fynn is all set for a movie adaptation now. David ‘awesome’ Fincher is said to be at the helm of the project and the movie is going to star Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike! Can it get any better than this?

Nick Dunne

I can’t begin to tell how exciting all this sounds right now. First of all, anything involving David Fincher has the word ‘superlative’ written all over, isn’t it? The guy has given us some of the most memorable movies of recent years. The cast is also quite interesting, though I must admit I am not well acquainted with Pike’s work (apart from Die Another Day, the bond flick). And then there is the story. If you haven’t read the book yet, you don’t know what you are missing out on and I am not exaggerating one bit. I finished reading it last week and I am yet to get it out of my head.

She’s pretty, for sure

Gone Girl, The Book – A Synopsis  The book is about a ‘happy’ couple, the Dunnes. In their mid 30s, they seem ‘perfect’ for each other, until one day Amy (the female protagonist) goes missing on their 5th anniversary day. From thereon, layers of their relationship are unraveled brilliantly by the author. The narrative is from the central characters’ point of view. So, we get two versions of the story that keeps you guessing on what exactly is happening and how everything is going to unravel.

Gone Girl is a study of the complex husband-wife relationship and what makes it so good is that it’s very topical. A seemingly happy couple, their lives in a fast-paced city first and then in a small town, marital discords, appearances, deception and crime. (Yes, there is a murder)

But more than a tout thriller, the book is a commentary on the constantly changing and unpredictable world we live in. How it impacts our relationships, our decisions and future. The economic crisis takes huge toll on the central characters and the choices they are forced to make. As someone who started working in 2007, I know exactly how Nick feels when he’s laid off from work or when he has to go back to his home town to start afresh.

There are not many characters in the book and it is to Flynn’s credit that she fleshes out each one of them so brilliantly in her narrative. I’ll be judging (yes, judging) every scene of the movie when it comes out to see if the director does justice to the book because it’s one engaging story with not even one dull moment. It’s like one of those novels that you just can’t keep for another day, you have to know how it all ends and decide whose side you want to be in.

My Cast

Unlike most book lovers, I have never been against movie adaptations of good books. It’s a matter of perspective I guess. A fresher take and a different interpretation and also a great way to reach millions of people who don’t like reading (beats me though). After reading the book, I googled to find that Reese Witherspoon’s company holds the right to the script and for some odd reason I read the name Renée Zellwegger. The cast wasn’t decided yet and I imagined the Chicago star as Amy. Wouldn’t have been bad though, had it not been for the age factor. (Amy is supposed to be in her late 30s). Zellwegger could bring the right amount of vulnerability and astuteness required for the character. (P.S. Really glad Reese didn’t think of playing the character herself).

As for the guy, I somehow couldn’t think beyond Jake Gyllenhaal. The guy can pull off a writer’s role, someone who has just lost his job and has gone back to his sleepy home town to open a bar. But of course, Jake and Renée would look totally bizarre as a couple for this movie.

Anyway the cast sounds interesting right now and with Fincher donning the director’s cap, I think we are in good hands. If Pike can get into the skin of the character, I bet she’ll be a top contender for the Oscars (it’s that great a role).

Till then, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for all the updates.

 

Have you read Gone Girl? What do you think of it? Are you excited about the movie like me?