Saturday, April 10, 2010


Well...I've always been a bit iffy on Penelope Cruz's talents as an actress. Sure, she did win an Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but I didn't think she was particularly fantastic in that. And she got an Oscar nomination for Nine, which she clearly didn't deserve. Julianne Moore should have been nominated for A Single Man, or better yet, Marion Cotillard should have been nominated for her role in Nine. She was clearly the better actress.
Elegy (2008) is told from the eyes of an English professor David Kapesh (Ben Kingsley), who meets his younger student, Consuela (Penelope Cruz), and falls in love with her. While they are deeply in love with each other, David is too afraid to meet her family, because of the distinct age gaap. She leaves him, and once again his life is empty, and is not helped with the strained relationship between David and his son, Kenny (Peter Sarsgaard).
Everyone is saying that Penelope Cruz was the best thing about this movie. I didn't think she was particularly special but she was the best thing in it. Then there was Patricia Clarkson, the fifty year old who has had numerous risque roles just like this one. Honestly, can she just play a mother on the verge of a breakdown? Or do we have to continue to see her doing thins she shouldn't really be doing. Elegy is beautiful, of course, but it has no real emotional depth to it, which is a shame, because that would have made it so much better. I do thank my lucky stars that Peter Sarsgaard was in it, though.
I feell bad for giving it four out of ten, but I feel I have to, I didn't like it very much at all.

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