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Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his family's small Kentucky hometown after his father dies. Along the way, he meets a flight attendant with whom he falls in love.
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There are film-makers that know how to use music in their films and then there is Cameron Crowe. I'm a little biased as for me Crowe can do no wrong. He may well be a director/screenwriter/producer but his obvious love is music. Maybe being married to a former rocker herself in the shape of Nancy Wilson helped him in his brilliant song choices for movies that have touched so many,who knows? Now divorced,his next move will tell us just how much.
Elizabethtown has been a polarising film for many. Adam Cook a writer I respect enormously doesn't have much time for this film and makes a good argument as to it's faults. I fully understand…
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I cannot better my previous review of "Elizabethtown", it said everything I felt about it and still do.
Holidays can be a hard time for me. Apart from my wife and her mum and dad I have no real family as such. I lost my father when I was in my teens and my mother closed herself off from showing affection to my brother and I. It's a relationship that simply cannot be mended, just like my heart she broke in the process. My wife never gets involved but shares my pain. I see movies like these as an escape. The optimism, the hope, the wonderful music that stirs my emotions every time, the tears that flow almost constantly throughout this, it all makes me wish for a family that cared, even worried about me just a little. The self pity is over. This movie just makes me feel better and a good cry never hurt anyone.
I'll always love this film. Derided by many, it still resonates with me as I too lost my father just like Orlando's character and it was only after his death I realized how much time we wasted and the excuses we gave for not spending enough time together. I'm not claiming to be anything like Orlando Bloom and movies don't normally reflect my own life or state of mind, but this one was like looking in a mirror. Crowe may know how to add sentimentality by the bucket-load and sometimes he overdoes it, but with this story of that shard of light in the darkness of grief, this makes me cry like a lost child every time.
I'm one of four humans that love this film and have been constantly attacked for it. The other three are in the witness protection program for safety purposes.
I liked this, but I didn't love it. I did, however, relate to it, but not to the characters; I related to the dialogue. By that I mean I related to the characters' discussions, but not to them or their situations. There are a number of brilliant quotes which is what kept drawing me in, but whilst it certainly has its moments, it wasn't anything particularly impressive overall. I'm really starting to enjoy Kirsten Dunst's roles though, and Susan Sarandon was a nice addition to the cast, too.
I usually like Cameron Crowe films, but Elizabethtown was just irritating. Orlando Bloom (who nobody likes) was irritating. Kirsten Dunst (who i also usually like) was irritating. Judy Greer (who I usually love) was irritating. The only thing it really had going for it was the music, predictably for a Crowe film the soundtrack is the best element of the whole project. He is a master of choosing the right song to compliment the image. Otherwise, Elizabethtown was an irritating (have I used that word yet in this review?), twee, annoying film that disappears up it's own quirk.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it only made a profit of $7 million roughly, which I must admit on an unbiased yet honest opinion it is a little bit harsh. The storyline in a basic sentence follows Orlando Bloom's character having to deal with the rise and fall of his career and on top of that dealing with a family tragedy and as viewers we follow him on this transitional phase in his life and yes there is more to it than what I have described but if I was to tell you everything that wouldn't make it enjoyable viewing now would it? The casting makes this film watchable the pairing of Kirsten Dunst and…
This was about as horrible as I had feared. But when you're desperate for some fresh product at your local video store, it's hard to resist the latest Cameron Crowe Movie. This film really stunk. Orlando Bloom was horribly miscast. Cameron Crowe really should have stuck with his original choice - Ashton Kutcher. This would have been a perfect silly Kutcher film. He would have made a better match with Kirsten Dunce, and would have made you forget how bad the film was. Bloom just meandered from scene to scene failing to emote. It was painful. The characters were also pretty unbelievable, moments were way too contrived, and attempts at humour fell flat.
A true cliché that I liked a lot.
A little too cute considering the initial premise, but not awful.
I always love when a movie becomes a perfect analogy for itself through its dialogue. That for example the opening lines of this movie.
"As somebody once said: There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-presence of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fee-ass-scoe, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to others that makes other people feel more alive because. It. Didn't. Happen. To. Them."
Sounds a little bit like Elizabethtown, the Cameron Crowe fiasco in which Crowe becomes his own worst nightmare. I don't hate Crowe, but Elizabethtown feels like what would happen if a Cameron Crowe movie decided to eat itself whole.
Δεν μπορούσα να παρακολουθήσω και πολλά, καθώς εστίαζα συνεχώς και ανεπαίσθητα στο ότι ο Orlando έχει πιο σαρκώδη χείλη από την Kirsten.
στο τοπ 5 αγαπημενων ταινιων μου
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- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
- The Elephant Man
- The Man from Nowhere
- Project Nim
- The Red Shoes
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- Juno and the Paycock
- The Ladykillers
- Wee Willie Winkie
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?