I'm sure there is more symbolism here than what I managed to observe. In one review on IMdb, someone mentioned how the alternate title Two Mothers hints at the sea because in French, the words for mother and the sea are quite close. (The director Anne Fontaine is French so that may not be too farfetched.) I forget what the rest of that review said so I will stop trying to talk out of my bloomers here.
The greatest impression…
Watching this after seeing Denmark and visiting its glamorous palaces earlier this year was a special treat. The luxurious details of the palace interior and goings-on, the alluring Danish tongue, the creme de la creme of Danish celebrity Mads Mikkelsen, the lovely Alicia Vikander (that is, my latest girl crush since Ex Machina) and "discovering" another huge Danish talent in Mikkel Boe Følsgaard... I relished all of these things and appreciated the longer-than-average length of the movie. While Mikkelsen and…
I don't know why I resisted laughing in the beginning of this movie but I stopped being a party pooper at the appearance of the $37 cup of coffee. I especially loved the ridiculous dei ex machina when they were momentarily stuck out on the sea. Perhaps blasphemy to some but this felt like a nimbler rendering of the story the emotionally cumbersome Wreck-It Ralph tried to tell.
As someone who read the book, I had my own preconceived notions of what Nick and Amy would look like or what Amy's diary voice would sound like. Though my version of Amy was a bit more shrill (yes, shrewlike) with a more constant state of narrowed eyes, Rosamund Pike brought a more subtle (and better, I admit) version to life that captivated me from the get-go. I mainly remember Pike as virtue personified in her role as Jane Bennet…