divendres, 14 de juny de 2013

Three rom-coms and a musical

Before December reaches me with some twenty movies to review, today I bring you three romantic comedies and a musical (in which one could argue there also is a love story, sort of). First of all, two movies directed by Till Schweiger: Zweiohrkuken, the sequel to Keinohrhasen, and Kokowääh. Next we'll move on to the not-so-typiacl love story of (500) Days of Summer. And last but not least, almost a cult piece: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Zweiohrkuken


Anna and Ludo are now a happy couple, they work together at the day-care and they're living together and... having a lot of trouble because of their very opposite characters. Anna is in charge of taking care of the house, which happens to be Ludo's appartment, and he isn't that involved in house chores as Anna would expect. Enter Marie, Ludo's model-looking, big-boobed ex-girlfriend, on whom Anna instantly develops extreme jealousy, of course. And then, Anna's friend Ralph, who lives in Africa doing humanitary work (and with whom she slept a couple of times in the past), drops by in Berlin for a visit and crashes at Ludo's place. And, because Anna keps a journal where she writes down the penis size and the sexual quality of the men she's slept with, Ludo finds out that Anna and Ralph had slept together. Let the misunderstandings begin!

While, I'm happy to see a movie that deals with "what happens after the main couple gets together" (a very rare thing in romantinc comedies, I must say), I think this one could have been something special but goes for the easy thing, the typical misunderstanding situation involving third parties (ex-couples, in this case) and totally loses interest because it's just another romantic comedy. We know what's going to happen from the exact moment when Marie is introduced. It didn't feel as forced as Ralph, but it was very unoriginal, in my opinion. There is also a comic relief plot line with Moritz, Ludo's friend and collegue, trying to get a date by using tactics that only work in Axe commercials. It's so over the top that it's funny.


Kokowääh


One day, Henry finds that he has a child from a one-night stand eight years ago with an old friend of his. When he wants to send Magdalena, the girl, he meets her adoptive father, Tristan, who had believed he was the biological father all along for the past eight years. Tristan decides that Henry must take care of her and assume his role as father, but this interferes with Henry's job of adapting his ex-girlfriend's novel for the big screen. Needless to say, Henry had broken up with her because he didn't want to have children.

With this movie it became clear to me that 1) Till Schweiger basically directs movies for his own kids to star in them: Magdalena is played by one of his daughters, one of the kids at the day-care in Keinohrhasen and Zweiohrkuken is also his daughter, and in those same movies his eldest children act as younger Ludo and younger Anna. And 2) Till Schweiger can only play the role of a tough, single man that wants no strings attached but he learns to love with the power of love (sorry about that redundancy).

That being said, this movie had some potential as family drama and works to some extent. I understand that they had to solve it all within two hours, but the relationship between Henry and Magdalena, especially how quickly he starts caring for her taking into account that he's supposed to be the lonely wolf, feels forced. And Tristan? How can you suddenly stop caring about a child you've been the father to for eight years and give her away to a complete stranger just because you're hurt that your wife didn't tell you that you're not the biological father? I understand that he's angry, but I feel that he's directing his rage to the wrong person... isn't he? I don't know, I have no idea what goes on in a man's mind.


(500) Days of Summer


When Tom started dating Summer, it seemed that his life was perfect. Summer was his dream girl, the one... Wasn't she?

I didn't know what to expect with this movie, even though I had been told about the plot before watching it. I have mixed feelings. On one side, I enjoyed the fact that the relationship feels real because it could happen, it actually happens in real life. Tom and Summer's romance is not meant to love from minute 1 because she states it very clearly that she doesn't want anything serious but Tom wants more. I liked the ending, and if I'd seen the movie in the year of its release I know I would have cried very hard because it reminded me of something that happened to me. Let's say I kind of relate to Tom in that aspect. I liked it that they managed to make an Ikea Saturday look like fun (it's not, though). But, on the other side, I think the movie lacks some character development and, especially, more about the main characters' relationship. It felt like they-got-together-they-were-fine-until-one-day-she-didn't-love-him-anymore-and-the-relationship-stopped-working, a bit too forced for my taste. Although I knew it was doomed from the beginning, as I said before. But for a romantic comedy, it was nice for a change.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Please don't kill me when I say I'd listened to the soundtrack but hadn't seen the movie (it's The Time Warp's fault entirely, that song is too catchy). Long story short: Brad and Janet get a flat tire on the road and end up in a castle filled with very colorful characters. It cannot be explained, you have to watch it and learn to enjoy it... Let's do the time warp again! (By the way, I'm kind of jealous of Tim Curry's legs in this film).



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