Thursday, December 08, 2011
FILM REVIEW: New Years' Eve
Yes, it will make you sentimental and teary-eyed for there is death, birth, heartbreak, and heart-mending, but none of the love stories had that memorable WOW factor that really made you envy their love life, which as we all know is the most common result of watching a good rom-com.
Excluding odes to cities, like New York, I Love You and Paris Je T'aime, the most popular romance anthologies are Love Actually, He's Just Not That Into You, and Valentine's Day. The first is heralded as a classic, and rewatched by millions every year around Christmas time. And the last two were critically bashed for not being able to recapture its beautiful stories of love and loss. But, viewers were able to find at least one good love story in all three.
My favorite in Love Actually is about the little boy who learned how to play the drums to get his crush to notice him. In HJNTIY, it was the story of how a womanizing bar manager took on the task of teaching a clueless young woman how to tell when a guy's interested and how to keep him interested, all the while falling for her himself. And in Valentine's Day it was the story about the scandalized football player who came out of the closet on national television to win his boyfriend back, a boyfriend whose identity was revealed to much surprise at the end. These were all stories worth telling.
Ok so look, if you want to go watch this movie because you love rom-coms, then be my guest. One more couldn't hurt. If you love the holiday and the spirit for which it is celebrated, you're not only going to enjoy this movie, but you'll tear up during Swank's speech about the ball dropping. But if you think that 20+ actors equals a romantic cornucopia, you're going to be seriously disappointed. It's more like a label-less buffet in a sketchy deli with mystery meat and gray fruit, topped off with a faint odor of dead cat.