Monday, October 25, 2010

Leap Year (2010) * * *

Leap Year is a rather good romantic comedy, for one of its overly cliched genre. It does follow the classic script: the characters not liking each other at first, but having to cope for some reason. Then as they get to know one another, they gradually fall in love. No surprises there. 

Why I would recommend this movie though is partly because Amy Adams just does a great job again. Her classically beautiful face looks something that is straight out of the 50s. She makes the snotty character of Anna look believable and as a woman you have to give her extra points for running around in those really high heels. 
The leading man (Matthew Goode) is nice looking, pulls off the scruffy Irish lad really well. 

The comedy situations are genuinely funny and you are amused by them, even though you can see some of them coming. The romance is a bit in the background next to the comedy and the journey that they take together and you do wonder a bit why those two actually fall in love. Though probably men don't wonder why anyone would fall for Amy Adams. Another high point of the movie is the wonderful backdrop of the Irish countryside. There are truly beautiful scenes with the rolling hills and all that green. It makes you want to go there and run down a hill barefoot in the rain as well. I'm sure that after seeing this, a lot of people make Ireland their next holiday destination, but not the city.

The movie does ask one question that you find yourself wondering about. If your house was on fire and you had 60 seconds to save something, what would you take? What is the most important thing in your life?

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