Thursday, February 17, 2011

Movie Review: Knight and Day

I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan. Ok, close your mouth.

Cameron Diaz, I like, but I’m not rushing to see something just cuz she’s in it!

So I waited for this movie to come to DVD.

I really enjoyed it! I know it didn’t get great reviews, but you know, I often don’t agree with the reviewers. First of all, they can either be way too harsh (the professionals) or just because they like the lead actor, they gush(the amateurs). Unnecessarily. All over my computer screen.

So, going in, not sure what to expect, suspected they had shown all the funny parts on the preview (which I totally hate by the way….I mean, who doesn’t??) and wasn’t super excited to see these actors. But then, it was kind of funny. I mean, as a writer, I like a neat story. By that I mean, don’t leave lose ends and don’t give me inconsistent characters and don’t mention things that are totally unimportant, but you make it look like they are!

There was repetition here that I really enjoyed, again, as part of the story. First of all, Tom Cruise (whom I do not enjoy off-screen AT ALL) was so deadpan and played his part of the emotionless spy nearly perfectly. I am not one to think he can’t act---just look at The Last Samurai or even Jerry Maguire---so it was obvious to me that he was acting, not “trying” to be a spy and doing it poorly. He was the spoil to Diaz’s spazzy female part, who freaked out over everything. In comparison, you’ve got Roy: calm, cool and collected. I mean, the plane’s going down and he’s like, “Oh hi June,” waves her in, “just sit down…that’s it. Now buckle up. Yep, that snaps in there….” It was funny as crap because she’s doing what we’re all assuming we’d be doing and he’s not rattled at all!

The whole movie is June being excited by Roy’s lifestyle and trying to break through his calm (and ultimately, detached) demeanor. Roy is, the whole time, showing how much he cares by his actions (you know, elaborate plans to save her life over and over) but she doesn’t get it. He is demonstrative in his own way. And while she’s trying to change him, really, she’s the one ultimately changing. It’s not deep, it’s just neatly done. All tied up. He keeps drugging her and by the end, she’s drugging him. He’s always got a plan, no matter how crazy and/or scary the situation, then he wakes up somewhere and June is suddenly the woman with the plan. There are no wasted mentions here: you keep seeing him check his phone, watching someone’s movements. Pertinent later. His phone ring is “Louie, Louie” and upon hearing that song on the radio, June decides to investigate something. She fixes cars, she notes a certain car she sees, then later, uses that same car as an excuse to investigate something. Again, alllll neatly tied in. That appeals to me. Were some of the situations outrageous? Definitely, but it was a comedy and it was meant to bring out the spy in him and the spaz in her.

Overall, I really liked this! I’d buy it, actually. I watched it twice in one weekend, which I very rarely do. Unless you’re talkin’ Shia or Harry Potter.

It’s on DVD now.

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