The Screening Room
THE STUDIO GATE
Watching "Rachel Getting Married" reminded why I don't like independent
cinema. The smugness of this movie is enough to make me sick to my
stomach. Wait a minute. It was the handheld camerawork that made me
sick. It had a "Cloverfield" effect on me. The smugness only added to
"Rachel Getting Married" is now available on DVD.
Apparently the critics and art house crowd went crazy over the movie
about a recovering addict (Anne Hathaway). I'm not sure why. The movie
is nausating from the result of constant and shaky camerawork. Yes, I
realize that the cinematographer probably still lit the scene as a
professional cinematographer usually does. Maybe he didn't and shot with
ambient light so as not to block Anne Hathway's spotlight. In either
case, it bugged me.
The film doesn't work as a good dramatic piece. The acting reminds me of
a bunch of drama club thespians getting together to stroke their acting
egos. Forget about the audience. We love our acting! I come from the
school of thought that good drama, even with a story about a
disfunctional family, should still appeal to a wider audience. "Rachel"
focuses in on the art house crowd and doesn't care about the rest of us
folks who watch "Dancing With the Stars." That's fine with me. I'll
stick with my popcorn movies. You stick with your sushi and wine movies.
The entire family in this movie is creepy. These people are obnoxious,
self-centered rich folk who'd be friends with Wall St. brokers. They
party like nobody's business and stack dishes in the dishwasher like the
rest of us. But are they really like us? I was bored with them and I was
bored with their family strife. Get over it already!
Hathaway received an Oscar nomination for her role as Kym. Why, I don't
really know. Her role is one of "look at me, I can scream and cuss and
have the make-up department make me appear dishoveled. I'm pretending to
be rough around the edges. I'm good for an Oscar nom!" I didn't buy it.
With "The Princess Diaries" and "Ella Enchanted" in my head, I still
couldn't get past the limited range of Hathaway's acting. She usually
has that usual doe-eyed expression on her face and doesn't cause me to
believe her characters. The same goes for her role as Kym. It's Princess
Mia strung out.
The best performance comes from Hathaway's sister in the movie,
Rosemarie DeWitt. The movie would've actually been better if it had
focused on her dealing with her wedding and obnoxious sister. Instead we
get the "woe is me" story.
A good drama, in my opinion, should hold your attention. It should also
have characters, even if they have serious problems, that you care
about. Drama like "Rachel Getting Married" ought to be watchable
over-and-over again, but it isn't.
Special thanks to CSPR
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DVD Quick Glimpse
Shaky and sleep inducing movie that might be
adored by the art house crowd
Director: Johathan Demme
Cast: Anna Hathaway, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin,
Delted scenes, commentary and more
Aren't you tired of self-centered movies
about dysfunctional families?
Aspect Ratio (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD RELEASE DATE
March 10, 2009