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Trouble in Paradise & To Be or not To Be

Posted by Hedwig on May 3, 2009

Ok, so I got a bit distracted by twittering. But here goes:

On our holiday in France, the b/f and I watched To Be or not To Be. We didn’t really know much about it, aside from the director and genre… and we were blown away. Maybe I should have known, having enjoyed The Shop Around the Corner and chunks of Ninotchka, but I didn’t expect it to be so raucously funny, from the inaugural “Hail myself” moment to the many impersonations, with the snappy interaction between the two main actors as a cherry on top.

Back home, we watched Trouble in Paradise, with just as few ideas about the plot, but this time grand expectations… and of course, it disappointed. Not that the robbing-each-other scene in the beginning isn’t charming, or that the repartee isn’t delivered aptly, but the movie moves much more slowly than TBorTB, and the middle sort of drags.

The power of expectations, eh?

Seen, not yet written about: Singin’ in the Rain, The Man Who Knew Too Much (’34 version), The Road Warrior (aka. Mad Max 2)

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One Response to “Trouble in Paradise & To Be or not To Be”

  1. Kaj said

    Too bad you couldn’t stick around for the surprise film after The Road Warrior. It was surprisingly weird, and good.

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