One’s mild, the other’s middlebrow
Magic in the Moonlight as “mild.” I have to agree. Allen generally casts actors that have proven themselves for other directors. He lately has focused on younger actresses such as Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone here, though more experienced performers such as Cate Blanchett and Penélope Cruz have delivered greater results. Rebecca Hall has also been excellent, but she’s always good and doesn’t possess the ‘wow’ factor that generates the publicity machine.
|Colin Firth and Emma Stone|
This queasy fiction that might be based on reality conundrum is more compelling than the gentle, quasi-romantic comedy Allen has written and directed. Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden should have switched roles since Weaver’s eyes match up with Stone as Harden’s coloring and mannerisms do with Hamish Linklater, the goofily smitten scion infatuated with Stone.
I wish Emma Stone would purchase the rights to Rachel Kushner’s exciting and sexy romance The Flame Throwers (2013), set in the art world of New York City and the extremist politics of Italy in the 1970s. She’s perfect to embody Reno; all she needs to do is learn to ride a motorcycle.
The Hundred-Foot Journey. Neil and I liked it as well, though there’s nothing surprising about the narrative. (Helen Mirren’s mouth
surprises since it seems frozen in place. I also didn’t like her obvious wig). It’s a charming movie that combines food porn, cross-cultural romance, pretty cinematography, older acting pros (Mirren and Om Puri), and gorgeous younger potential stars (Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon). It has positive messages about the importance of family and pursuing your dreams no matter the challenges.