Friday, August 27, 2004

No time for reviews Dr. Jones!

Been a long day, so I'm gonna end it with a small review of a movie I watched last night.

Dummy

Director/ Writer: Greg Pritikin

Cast: Adrien Brody, Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga

What's it about? Brody plays a discontented "everyman" (read: dork), Steven, who still lives at home with his parents and sister, and decides to finally pursue his dream of ventriliquism after losing his current job. Jovovich plays his best friend, Fangora, and frontman (woman?) for a band looking for fame, while Douglas plays Heidi, his sister, who also is discontent with her life, planning weedings for others while she sits on the sidelines of love. Farmiga plays Lorena, Steven's unemployment counselor, and eventual love interest.

Why you should watch it: It's a story about following your dreams, even if they might not seem logical, and no matter how many people try and hold you back, including your family. Who can't relate to that? It's brilliant in every way, which really surprised me. A film about a man with a dummy can either turn out interesting, or just creepy as hell. I loved the fact that Pritikin avoided the "best friend" angle so many love stories use these days. Steven and Fangora are believable friends, and never once does any sexual attraction appear between them, and when Lorena is introduced you know where the story is headed, but the characters are so well developed you quite happily come along for the ride. It's a feel good movie, but one that has more character and heart than any film I've seen in quite some time.I seriously could not stop smiling, and if you knew me, you'd know how rare a thing that is.

The DVD Package: I didn't get around to any of the DVD material (which leaves me with something to discuss another time!), but it includes a picture in picture ventriloquist commentary by Jeff Dunham, trailers, deleted/altered scenes, a history of ventriloquism, Dummies 101: Learning the Ventriloquism Dream, ventriloquism lessons, and the "What Type of Dummy are You?" Game.

This one's well worht your money people. Support the Dummies!

-L

1 comment:

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