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Elizabethtown November 13, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

It might sound silly, but the only reason I rented this flick was to see how Orlando Bloom looks in a contemporary get up. Prior to this the only movies I’ve seen of him are Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, LOTR and Pirates of the Caribbean – all of which were period flicks and I was really fed up of watching him in those.

This movie received really bad reviews but I somewhat did like it. It can be loosely classified as a wierd romantic comedy with unbelievable characters and unbelievable situations…but there was still a certain warmth about this movie which is sadly missing in other better received flicks in the same genre. Orlando Bloom is on the verge of committing suicide after the spectacular failure of a shoe he designed (the first 10 minutes or so where he eventually gets fired for this is the best part of the movie), but he has to postpone his plans when he learns of his father’s death in his hometown – Elizabethtown. His journey to this town, experiences with its eccentric townfolk and an unexpected relationship is what the movie is all about.

There is some smart writing sprinkled all over which provides some good laughs. The most appealing thing I found about this movie is the immensely likeable lead pair of Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst who share an amazing chemistry onscreen. On the downside, every possible cliche you might expect in a film like this is exhausted. Cameron Crowe directs this film who earlier made Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous.

As an overtly unrealistic feel-good flick Elizabethtown works just fine for the reasons mentioned before but otherwise you might want to look elsewhere.


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