||[Jan. 10th, 2004|04:45 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
|||||Marko Haavisto, Thunder & Lightning||]|
I had time after breakfast this morning, and the timing was right, so I saw Chasing Liberty this morning.
Say what you will...it's not that bad. I liked Mandy Moore a lot in How to Deal, and I could tell it was going to be a sort of Roman Holiday thing, rather than the Bush Twins thing everyone makes it out to be (kinda like how Truman Show and EdTV were exactly the same movie; they weren't at all, but everyone thinks they are).
It's cute. It's got this sort of Euro thing going on that's engaging, and the adventures in Prague, Venice, and Berlin are fun to watch...there's also Washington DC, London and FakeHarvard™. It had a bit of Before Sunrise about it, as well...the random people they met, the help they got for having no money on them....and one of the coolest little things was the use of postcards to transition to the different stories. I love postcards...
Then there's the little side story of Secret Service agents played by Annabella Sciorra and Jeremy Piven. I adore Jeremy Piven and have done since he was on "Ellen," so anything he's in automatically gets bonus points, and I've always like Annabella Sciorra, but the two of them together were a great combination. The "Hebrew hip-hop alone was worth the price of admission; I wonder if it was an improvisation that got left in.
The soundtrack was also intriguing; there's one Italian rap song that I'd love to get my hands on; but sadly, there is no soundtrack CD listed on Amazon.
It's not going to be one of the great movies of 2004, but it's entertaining...and not as bad as you'd think.