Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Accidental Husband
The Accidental Husband made a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance in theaters earlier this year, and if I'm being honest here it's not hard to see why. It certainly doesn't break any new ground romantic comedy-wise, but for the novelty factor of seeing Mr. Darcy - I mean Colin Firth - play the thwarted lover, I knew I'd have to check out this movie at some point. And I'm so glad I did - definitely worth the rental. It's silly and implausible but it made me genuinely laugh more than once, and that was needed today, let me tell you. ;-)
This movie is sort of an odd cross between The Wedding Planner and Bride and Prejudice. I totally wasn't expecting this movie to try and go all Bollywood as often as it did, considering Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character, Patrick, just lives in an apartment above an Indian restaurant. It got a little random, but I was amused, what can I say? And speaking of Jeffrey Dean Morgan - he's a doll. :) The elevator scene came *thisclose* to reminding me of Rufus Sewell in ShakespeaRe-Told's version of The Taming of the Shrew. If you've seen that little piece of fantastic-ness (Lori!!), you know what I mean...haha!! I sort of feel like making this comparison is heresy, but I have to call it like I see it blog readers. :)
Most of Colin Firth's scenes in this movie are HILARIOUS, especially the moments where his stress eating compulsion kicked into high gear. This was a decent little turn for him as he does a good job balancing being the obsessive-compulsive wrong guy but still being a stand-up character in the end. Shockingly, Uma Thurman didn't get on my nerves at all. She does a good job and has some nice on-screen chemistry with Morgan. I absolutely loved the little scene they share at the very end of the movie. Her character's come a long way and seeing the payoff was nicely done. Oh, and one last acting mention - Ajay Naidu as Patrick's friend Deep - freaking hilarious!!!
I enjoyed An Accidental Husband way more than I expected. It's not destined to become a classic or anything like that, but it was a fun way to while away a couple of hours. I'll definitely watch it again.