"Good... but no Pvt. Ryan and for God's sake, no Bulworth"
Here we have THIS year's uber-hyped picture with a sneak at British Buxom busoms... and the one with all the little phallic gold guys, to boot...... but there's one big difference between The Boat and The Bard, the one thing that differenciate two well-directed flicks with casts of characters actors and the Beautiful Kids of the Week...
and that's the script, kids, the script.
Stoppard, he knows how to make them there words sound purty... it takes a *real* deftness of dialogue to make all those rambling ol' Brit (read: Shakespearian) soliloquies work... and he's got it.
Set aside the fact that this picture beat the hell out of at LEAST two best pic nominees that kicked its ass (never got to RED LINE) for a moment... Vita Bella and Ryan are superior products and it almost isn't fair to compare it.
The key to this picture is that... it admitted to it's cutesy- wootseyness, ran with it and turned it into something clever.
Let's face it... in any other picture, Dench and Rush are... well... no offense, a little damn theatrical. As though they're talents, but they belong on Broadway or such about 80 years ago. A little too big.
It's timing... having Affleck or Paltrow in a film at this point in history could become overexposure... but somehow, the roles just fit. British-pseudo-royalty played by the First Daughter of Hollywood, The Big Young Star played... the Big Young Star.
It admitted that it was a product of Hollywood... embraced it with inreferences... and even moreso as a product of the New Republic of Miramax. It took its weaknesses and made them strengths.
My only huge quip... other being unfairly put up against less fluffy pictures... was that it DID fall into a lot of the old cliches of the "British period pieces".
Overly extravagant costumes, the far too "cutely dirty" London... the accents, Christ... its been done, its been done with Paltrow in it, its been done time and again, and over done, at that.
And I mean... the historical cutesiness wore as it went.
But a damn watchable flick, even worth a second view on cheap seat night.
However... I mean... that closing scene with Twelfth Night... and the sinking ship... looked PRETTY familiar...I'll never let go, Will...
Never let go...