Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Serious Moonlight

I only knew of this movie like a couple of days ago...and then I was lucky enough to find it in the preview drawer. Serious Moonlight (2009) is not my most conventional movie to watch, but I only wanted to watch it for one reason-it was written by the late Adrienne Shelly. She was the woman behind one of my favourite movies of all-time, Waitress. It was so sad that she was murdered because with that movie, and possibly this movie, she could have been one of the best things to happen to indie cinema.
Ian (Timothy Hutton) is a man who has been married to Louise (Meg Ryan) for fourteen years, but decides that he wants to leave her and get married to a much younger Sara (Kristen Bell). When Louise finds out about this, she holds her husband hostage until he 'loves' her again. But things turn sour when the pair are robbed by Todd (Justin Long).
Yeah, the storyline is a bit cheesy and cliched. And though I'm sure Meg Ryan means well, she performs her character like she's drunk and absolutely mental-very OTT and sometimes uncomfortable to watch. I was surprised that Cheryl Hines was directing this, because she doesn't seem like the type that would direct a movie. However, this is a pleasantly enjoyable film, and through the script we get a feel of the very same magic that was put into Waitress. Unfortunately, it is not as strong, but Serious Moonlight is worth the watch.

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