Movie watching started!!! :D Oh yeeeaaaa!
And the first one was French Kiss! It really is a beautiful movie. Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline play the roles of heart-broken, cheated-on girlfriend (without a country) and softy-at-heart thief (who happens to have a verrrry good friend in a cop who’s life he once saved.)
Awww! I’m watching the ending right now! And it’s the sweetest thing in the world!
Honestly, it’s a romantic comedy that would put most movies in the same genre to shame (specially the ones today). Now that might have something to do with the fact that three quarters of the movie is based in France. There are vineyards, road side cafe’s and b-E-A-u-TIful scenery. Add to that one rather debonair frenchman, and the picture is parfait!
Now the movie follows the route that most such movies follow. Kate (Ryan- she’s called Kate in Kate and Leopold too!) is a safe, the-only-time-i-ever-did-anything-dangerous-i-got-caught girl. She is engaged to Charlie (Timothy Hutton), a commitment-phobic doctor who’s about to visit France on work. He pesters her to go with him, but being most terribly afraid of flying, Kate refuses. Charlie (The Weak Chinned) goes to France and (as expected) falls in ‘love’ with Julliete (Susan Anbeh), a sexy, pout-y, French ‘goddess’. He calls Kate from France, and breaks up. She’s heart broken, (and stubborn, and a little naive) and decides fly to France to reclaim her lost love. Helping her overcome her fear of flying is Luc, pronounced Lyoo-k, (Kevin Kline). He hides a diamond necklace he’s stolen in her bag (along with a vine). And from there on, we watch Kate, running after Charlie, and Luc (pronounced Lyoo-k) running after Kate, and the French police man (it would seem so un-French-ly to call him a cop) running after Luc. On the way we meet a rather sophisticatedly rude concierge, a sly pick pocket, and Luc’s entire family! And when Luc vows to help Kate get Charlie back, there is luurrve! Hehe!
Meg Ryan plays Kate brilliantly. You can see the confusion, doubt, love, everything on her face (in her hesitant smile, her big blue eyes) so clearly, it’s a little hard to believe she isn’t a Kate in real life. In fact, even in Kate and Leopold she plays the role of a similar girl. Kevin Kline is also pretty darn amazing. I think I’m going to add him to my ever-expanding list of Brilliant Movie Hero’s. There’s just something about him (apart from the fact that he’s an American playing a Frenchman) that’s so touching. He lies, cheats, steals, and has a -ahem- ‘problem’ that we’re not supposed to mention. But he’s a big, old, hilariously funny, cynical, soft hearted romantic in the end. :D Sigh…
On the whole, it’s a brilliant movie.