Thursday, April 28, 2005
Huckabees, hearting them
So Ben and I watched I Heart Huckabees last night (I'd insert a symbol for heart but my blogging skills are limited as of yet - I'm close to some success on formatting the blog to include links on the side... I just can't seem to get them on the side), and it was really great but here's my fascinating opinion of the day. I had originally had little interest in this film based on the preview - it presented it as sort of a wacky caper with over-the-top performances by some (albeit) really great actors and I just thought, not for me. I'm not a wacky-caper kind of gal. (What's Up Doc? being about the only exception I can think of right now.) So I blame the marketers or whoever the hell is sitting around thinking of how to advertise a movie like this - because although the wackiness of it is undeniably there (surreal might be slightly more accurate if you ask me), this is ultimately a movie that I found to have real, SO SORRY, heart. Several of the main characters are struggling with these sort of existential issues, and it's very funny, but you end up caring about them very quickly, and although Ben pointed out that there is a certain cynicism to the movie, I still think it's soul comes through more than anything. The writing is so smart and funny. Plus, Jason Schwartzman is awesome, Naomi Watts is great, and the surprise for me was Mark Wahlberg - he was sort of cast against type, but was hilariously earnest and brilliant.