I was dissapointed watching this movie. With all the hypes and the trailer, and the director, I was expecting more from this movie. What happened? Why this movie fails to move my emotion? Pop songs. Lots of songs. So many songs in so self-indulgent movie. So many blank stares from a character who learns unexceptional lessons about family and forgiveness. Rather than sitting through someone else's slow-moving road trip to adulthood, I should just make a mixtape, get in a car, and take my own roadtrip.
After causing a shoe company he works lose millions of Dollars, Drew (Orlando Bloom) is fired by his boss Phil (Alec Baldwin) for his mistake, dumped by his girlfriend Ellen (Jessica Biel), and worse of all when he's in a verge of suicide, his sister Heather (Judy Greer) and his mother Hollie (Susan Sarandon) called and informs him that his father passed away. Drew has to travel to Elizabethtown to attend his father's memorial. During the flight, he meets a quirky stewardess named Claire (Kirsten Dunst) and quickly develop a relationship with her. Along the way, he has to face the reality of his relationship with his late-father, his family, his friends, and the whole town of Elizabethtown.
After my own father passed away few years ago, I thought when watching this movie I might notice a thing or two and maybe found similiarity with my own situation and probably will feel sympathy with the characters. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I didn't feel any emotion whatsoever within this movie. I generally hardly agree with movie critics, and make my own opinion. But with heavy heart, I have to take a side with the movie critics on this one. Cameron Crowe directed this movie, and usually his movies are very touching, charming, poignant and memorable like Jerry Maguire. But Elizabethtown is just a flat-out snore-fest. The movie depends heavily with music soundtracks and with its lyrical journey. If a movie truly depends solely to that, then we are in trouble.
I couldn't connect myself emotionaly to any of the characters.The movie itself could be better if the characters doesn't try hard enough to be acceptable and the goddamn music just keep playing over and over in the course of the movie. I felt like I was watching a video clip or a very long trailer. A little bit too artificial, and a bit too free spirited optimism quirky kinda way, which is nauseating. I do have to applaud to Orlando Bloom for brave enough to get away from his Brits root and away from blockbuster movie and dare himself to take this personal journey of a movie. The only scene and performance I really enjoy is from Jesse (Paul Schneider) who owns a band and a son, and he performs "Free Bird" which is my favorite song. His performance is genuine and real, and the only real character to be symphatize for. I just hope that I might appreciate this movie in the future...but not right now.
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