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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Three movies I'm glad I saw.

Posted on 2008.12.10 at 14:54


mechtild at 2009-05-14 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
I think the biggest bar to fans I know online liking this film has been their dislike for Nicole Kidman. I really don't get it. So what if she uses Botox? So does almost everyone in public life. Heck, I found out some of my most admired "older women" actresses have been to cosmetic surgeons (like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench). That can't be it. There must be something else about her that just rubs them the wrong way. My mother has some irrational hates for this or that performer, and she really can't explain it. I wonder if it's that they remind her subliminally of people she hated or feared as a child, perhaps at school? Maybe Nicole Kidman reminds a lot of grown women of the sort of girls that made them feel bad about themselves when they were children. She has done a lot of "tall, thin, blonde, rich bitch" parts.

Anyway, I'm glad you also enjoyed the film. And I take the truth of what you said about the role of Neil Fletcher. He was necessary for the workings of the plot and film themes. I just thought it was too bad Wenham was used for that (and not something else), because it's the sort of role that creates no love or pleasure in viewers. So I guess what I meant was that while he did a fine job, it was the kind of role that would not improve his box office, which is an important thing when being considered for roles in films generally.

I watched Appaloosa again so my husband could see it and I liked it even better. He thought it was really worth watching and recommended it to several friends who also could appreciate a quirky "contemplative western".

Valkyrie I still haven't seen, but you're right: even here the reviews were better than had been expected.
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