Friday, April 02, 2004

.:Movie Review:.

Obviously, Spoilers Ahead!!!

50 First Dates:
The most memorable thing about this film? I forgot.

50 First Dates showcases the return of the extremely bankable tandem of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. This film is testament to the amazing on-screen chemistry the two have, amid all the unique humor albeit slightly predictable storyline.

The story is about Lucy (Drew), who apparently has quite a condition. She runs into Henry (Adam), who is the type who enjoys having one-night stands, but is never quite the type to settle into a relationship. Henry is immediately smitten with Lucy’s charm, wit, and overall appeal, and he hits it off quite well with her on their first encounter with one another. The next day, unfortunately, Lucy has lost all memory of ever meeting Henry the previous day. Apparently, a tragic car accident has rendered Lucy’s short term memory as completely fleeting. As soon as she wakes up the next day, the last thing she remembers is the events a day before her accident. Each and every day, she has to go about a repetitive routine each and every day of her life beyond the accident. Henry stands in the way of that.

The question is quite simple, really: how will they ever end up together if each day Lucy wakes up, she forgets everything that has happened over the past day? Simply put, while the premise is funny, the implications are not. Henry has to find a way to remind Lucy each and every time that she loses her short-term memory each day. From trying all sorts of means to make her fall in love with him, to letting her keep a journal so that she’d never forget what has been happening between them, Henry really pulled all the stops for this relationship to work. Despite all the setbacks, it simply all works out in the end.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are amazing together on the screen. There’s simply something about them that makes you feel for their characters. While I do have gripes with how predictable the story’s flow is, and how overused slapstick tends to be especially with scenes involving Rob Schneider and Sean Astin, the movie’s charm is simply the fact that it is extremely romantic, and extremely funny. There’s no problem balancing the two in the film, which makes it more than deserving of being referred to as a “romantic comedy”.

Sean Astin’s performance in the film is simply hilarious, considering his last role as Samwise Gamgee was regarded by most people as simply homoerotic. This time around, his “gayness”, so to speak, simply exudes throughout the film, and how he ends up at the tailend of the film falls into place.

Ultimately, “50 First Dates” is a date movie. It’s nice to share some laughs with someone while watching it, and it’s something I wouldn’t really mind seeing again, although Adam Sandler’s run-of-the-mill material might get old to those who have been closely following his career.

Marcelle’s Evaluation: B+

.:It Gets Difficult For The Most Part:.

I can’t blame you if you feel very threatened from time to time with whatever is manifest unto you. Despite that, I can only wish that you’d realize that it’s not as black and white as it seems. Your fears are unfounded. Steadfastness of a fifth of a score of summers in your arms, regardless of whatever adversities, should simply make you realize that there is no reason for you to be afraid. I can understand your apprehensions, but I must assure you that I have given so much of myself for this worthwhile endeavor. You cannot deny that.

I wish I can just eradicate it from my system altogether, but it’s not that easy, and I believe you understand that. I wish I didn’t have to make you feel so uncertain from time to time, but I believe you have to realize that my allegiance is to our foundation. Any adversity that may come our way cannot just override what we have already built. I wish you’d recognize that. I really do.

Yes, I understand. I just wish I could have the fortitude to do something about it, for I know what you want, deep within your heart.

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