Friday, March 18, 2011

Cinema Betty

Off With the Old Love has a lot of ill-conceived romantic engineering.  Hark!  Ahoy there off the poop deck:
Emma (1996)
I am not a massive Gwyneth Paltrow fan (I don't dislike her or anything but she reminds me of a poor man's Grace Kelly--only instead of leaving her homeland to marry a fabulously wealthy, if chinless, prince of a minor principality, she hitched herself to the lead singer of Coldplay and gave her kids amusing, if ultimately I-Am-A-Child-of-a-Celebrity-shouting, names.) but I feel her accent in this almost entirely redeems what Hugh Laurie calls the 'Act of war' that was Dick Van Dyke's turn as Bert  in Mary Poppins.
But let me tell you, I would walk a mile to see any movie with Jeremy Northam in it...

Esmeralda is about an heiress with a disability:
Penelope (2006)
Hello, gorgeous.
I discovered this movie a few years ago and lent it out to a friend a few months later.  She has never returned it and now it just seems silly not to have mentioned it.  Shrug.  I can get it off Netflix whenever I need it.
Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci) is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents (Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant) to keep her company? Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon co-produced this untraditional fairy tale about a girl who bucks convention to create her own happy ending.
Oh...and did I mention it has James McAvoy in it?  (Squee!)