I’m completely behind blogging about movies I’ve seen. It’s not that I’ve seen a lot of movies, it’s just that I haven’t blogged about any that I’ve seen since my birthday on November 19 (write that down, I’m sure you’ll want to remember that date–LOL).
Of the movies I have seen only a few were new releases at the theater, but one of those was The Holiday starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, Jude Law, Eli Wallach, and the set decor. In a nutshell, the movie is about two romance-bludgeoned women who decide to trade homes for the Christmas season. So off flies Winslet from U.K. to L.A. and Diaz leaves her mansion in L.A. for Winslet’s cottage in Surrey. The movie then bounces back and forth as both women rediscover themselves and new romances.
Personally, I enjoyed the Winslet story the best. She meets an elderly man (Wallach) who is a reclusive Oscar-award winning screenwriter. She helps him out of the near-hermit lifestyle he’s crept into and he shoves her out of backseat living. "You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God’s sake!" he tells her and encourages her to watch old classic movies such as Lady Eve. Nothing like a gritty Barbara Stanwyck movie to get a wallflower branching out like a spider plant. Winslet’s romantic lead, Jack Black, is not typical for a Hollywood movie, and that adds a little depth to the story that is often missing in these movies.
The other story focuses on Diaz and Law. This was more typical of a movie romance, even with the "surprise" about playboy Law, a bit overacted, and I was rather bored. This part of the story was saved by the decor. The British Surrey country-side, the cottage that wasn’t quite right, and Law’s fancy home.
It turns out I wasn’t the only one that noticed the decor. Writer/director Nancy Meyers has a stash of decor-interesting movies (e.g., Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give). This past Sunday, the Chicago Tribune had an article about Meyer’s movie decors. I don’t know how long it will be accessible online and you might have to register (it’s free), but it’s an interesting read…particularly the last few paragraphs about a man renting a helicopter and finding one of her movie houses. Oops, he should have looked inside before buying the house…only the exterior of the house was in the movie, the rest was a set!
The Holiday was a cute movie and worth watching; especially Winslet, Wallach, and the decor. It will be out on DVD later this month. Until then, the trailer and some clips are available here.