Movie Review: Catch and Release
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#1 Jan 26, 2007
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#2 Jan 6, 2009
I agree. I think the movie has a lot of heart, and the great actors the first-time director Susannah Grant managed to collect make it really likeable. A lot of people criticised the film for a messy and disjointed concept and script, but I think the movie suffered from a forced edit after perhaps an "include everything just in case we need it" shoot,that left out some of the plot signposts that would have helped make some of the subtler moments less easy to miss. For instance, in the commentary (in know, yes, I'm that sad)the director mentioned that the dinner scene was proceeded by a deleted scene where they unpacked Gray's wedding china, which would have been great to know, instead of suddenly having a scene where Gray and Fritz are suddenly sharing lingering looks while lighting fancy candlesticks in the garden. Some people have commented that they found that dinner scene confusing, but really it was about Gray showing her more human side, after the comments that Maureen made about her being all perfect, and wanting to be understood. I thought Timothy Olyphant was gorgeous, as usual. Although to start with he came across as a smarmy git, we can see that he is dealing with the loss of his friend in his own way, and he actually has a lot of compassion for the situation, while at the same time being a bit more of a realist about his friend than Gray and the others, who initially wanted to either idealise him (Gray & Sam), or knock him off his pedestal(Dennis). This was my intro to Timothy Olyphant, and since then I've watched some of his other roles and found him to be a versatile, energetic actor who always seems to be committed to his characters, while at the same time embueing them with an underlying intelligence and likability.Enough said.
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