For today’s final review of Alex & Emma (2003), here are my thoughts on it
Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A writer with a deadline and writer’s block hires a stenographer to help him get his book done on time.
My Take on it – I like a good rom-com, but I need for it to feel believable.
This story just felt like too much. The writer added so much to the plot that it doesn’t feel as light as a rom-com should.
The chemistry between Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson feels non-existant and despite the knowledge of what is in store at the end of most rom-coms, I didnt care whether they would get together in the end or not.
This movie does gave a few redeemable parts tho.
The story within a story was interestingly done eventhough it jumped back and forth a bit too much.
I also like the idea of art imitating life amd how we slowly understood everything.
The problem with this movie is the fact that it feels too ordinary and follows the generic formula of rom-coms without giving us enough uniqueness.
Bottom Line – The story is a bit far fetched and the chemistry between Wilson and Hudson feels lacking. I liked the story within a story concept and the idea of art imitating life but this wasn’t an exceptionally enjoyable film to watch because it felt so formulaic.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The plot for this movie comes roughly from the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author of “Crime and Punishment”). He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but had not written any of it yet when there was only one month left before the deadline. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete the book (“The Gambler”) in 26 days. The plot of “The Gambler”, which is based off of one of the author’s own experiences, is about a tutor (Alexei) who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. During the writing process, Dostoyevsky and the stenographer fall in love; they later marry and have 4 children. Thus the movie mirrors loosely both Dostoyevsky’s life and the novel he wrote during that time. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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