Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Movie Review: Down With Love (2003)

Yes I know this is a strange film for me to watch, but just hear me out me. 
 Down with Love (2003) Poster

  1. I adore Renee Zellweger if only she would marry me. 
  2. I'm a huge fan of Ewan McGregor. 
  3. David Hyde Pierce is in this film, he played my favourite television character of all time Niles Crane in Frasier. 

First lets go back to the 1960's of cinema. There was a huge genre of Romantic Comedies in this era of cinema. Two stars were at the appex of this genre, they were Rock Hudson and Dorris Day. This film happens to be set in the 1960's and sort of pays homage to these kind of Rom-Cons. Instead of Dorris and Rock Hudson we have Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. 

The story follows a best-selling female advice author who has all the answers until a sly journalist playboy starts asking the questions. She tells the woman of tv world to just eat chocolate, read and most of all "down with love" and make men do the house chores. Until she meets her match the journalist playboy played by McGregor. Lies and double identities follow in this perfect nod to them films of yesteryear. 

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1061529380325_2003/08/23/downwithlove,0.jpg The film looks exactly like a Hudson/Day film. It cleverly starts with the classic 20th Century Fox logo, as well as the CinemaScope logo. It's great to see studios look back at themselves with these nods, it's like warner Brothers still using "As Time goes by" from Casablanca at the start of their films, I loved seeing it. The outfits and hairstyles of Renee are just like the ones of Ms Day back in the day. This film also has the nasty looking moving scenery, in the car driving scenes, which to be honest I do like, they have a old school charm. One of the best bits for me in this film is the way they do the old telephone conversations from them films. We have the split screen during the conversation but thy put a modern day "not so innocent" twist on it, with various uses of body language on the phone interpreting a not very innocent thing, because of the way the cameras are angled. Yes it's not exactly brilliant I know but it was quite an amusing touch on the phone conversations from 60's Rom-Coms. They also include painted backdrops, which add to the feel of a film from the 60's or even television shows of that era.

The cast is brilliant in this film both leads just bounce off each other so great. Renee is just born to play a part like this, well and Bridget Jones of course. The way she talks and walks its like she sat and watched the old films and took it on with gusto. McGregor is believable as a playboy with his boyish looks, he pulls it off well. David Hyde is just his usual legendary self as seen in Frasier, using all his little ticks as seen in that show. Now this movie is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But for people who just want a good laugh of a movie with some good nods to the past this is for you. Don't be expecting love and romance like films of today tho, this is an era of cinema where love meant just holding hands and kissing, no bedroom action like most films of today, very brave thing to do maybe release a film like this in the modern era (well ten years ago).
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