Miss Pettigrew Acts For A Day

May 18, 2008 at 2:47 am (movies) (, , , , )

I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day today. It’s a romantic comedy set in the late 30s. It’s pretty great and very entertaining. It’s funny, it’s touching, the message doesn’t feel cheap or tacked on, but there are two things that really carry this movie, the looks and the cast.


The sets are extravagantly pleasing. Everything is bright, everything is classy, everything is very well designed. Ditto for the clothes. I have no idea if that’s what people really wore in the 1930s, but it’s certainly making me want to wear that stuff now. The set and wardrobe people did great.


The cast was seriously stunning. Frances McDormand was quietly but very convincingly maternal and saddened as the titular character. Her co-star Amy Adams was a perfect choice for Delysia Lafosse, so bubbly and dizzily energetic [I could watch her flit around forever, it was so fun] and easily managed the task of making her character so lovable even though she’s quite selfish, superficial and expects everything to go her own way. I loved their relationship, it was very sweet. Then there was Michael, who was charming and passionate and hot.


I knew I had to see this movie when I heard Lee Pace was working with Amy Adams, and they were every bit as magnificent together as I had hoped. They’re both so adorable and endearing, and now they were adorable and endearing together, and it was brilliant. I’ve seen Shirley Henderson before, in Harry Potter [she was Moaning Myrtle] and a Doctor Who episode, and she was good, but this is the role that will make me remember her, as the cunning, snake-like antagonist.  Seriously, it’s to the point where I wish at least one person on the cast would get an Academy Award nom. The movie overall wasn’t quite worthy, but they definetly are. But they won’t, the movie isn’t big enough or serious enough, and it’s a romantic-comedy, and anything that isn’t a drama tends to get the shit kicked out of it come Oscar time. Sigh. Can they get a Golden Globe instead? Please?

To wrap it up, this is not a deep movie, but still an utterly delightul way to spend a couple of hours. It fortunately breaks the traditional romcom style of humour so you won’t feel like ripping your own eyes out. Well worth the price of a ticket. 8 out of 10.


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