I was able to relax a little bit today, yay!
I watched some of the shows I TiVoed and I also watched Something Borrowed!
I didn't watch it when it came out because I wanted to read the book first... and after I read the book, I didn't have the time to actually go see it, so I decided to wait for it to come out on DVD.
Rachel is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single as her engaged best friend Darcy is constantly reminding her. But after one drink too many at her 30th birthday party, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she's had a crush on since law school, Dex, who just happens to be Darcy's fiance. When Rachel and Darcy's lifelong friendship collides with true love, it leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations. Meanwhile, Ethan, who has been Rachel's constant confidante and sometimes conscience, has been harboring a secret of his own, and Marcus, an irrepressible womanizer, can't keep his mind out of the gutter or his hands off any girl within reach.
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Critics gave it a C- and Yahoo! users gave it a B+.
First thing I want to say... I think the actors they picked were all perfect! Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski were excellent choices!
Ginnifer Goodwin - Rachel White
I love how Ginnifer is so low-key
(meaning I don't see her in gossip magazines and websites that often...),
but can definitely make an impact when she wants to -- whether fashion-wise or as an actress.
She plays the role of Rachel perfectly!
She's got that smart, generous, caring, and giving (somewhat to a fault) thing down to a T.
Her character is a little bit like Anne Hathaway's Emma in Bride Wars (who incidentally was best friends with Kate Hudson too!), but Ginnifer did a good job in making Rachel a solid character.
Rachel is the perfect best friend, but she is also flawed. And it's really interesting to read/see her battle with herself and with what she is doing. It felt like Rachel can be anyone's friend, and although what she did was wrong, I can't help but cheer her on... which brings us to Kate's Darcy...
Kate Hudson - Darcy Rhone
I guess what makes people sympathize with Rachel (even though technically it was wrong for her to carry on an affair with her best friend's fiance) is Darcy herself.
Darcy is a selfish person, she is so full of herself, and she takes advantage of and always tries to one-up Rachel. But on the other hand, she can also be a good friend... and from both the book and the movie, we can see that Rachel and Darcy's friendship was deep-rooted and that it meant a lot to both of them.
Even though she doesn't really match Emily Giffin's description of Darcy, I think Kate Hudson played Darcy excellently -- she has the capability to be totally annoying one second, and really charming and funny the next.
Colin Egglesfield - Dex Thaler
Okay, why is this the first major role he's had in rom-coms? He is so rom-com material!
He is the perfect Dex!
I honestly can't think of anyone else playing the role.
John Krasinski - Ethan ...
arrgggh, I can't remember Ethan's last name! I know it starts with an A, though. Do you guys remember? ;)
But anyways, love love love him!
Although I am a little disappointed with how they handled Ethan's character and story line in the movie, I still loved seeing John Krasinski play Ethan.
The story... Something Borrowed is a beautiful story of friendship and love, and what happens when those two things conflict with each other. While you will definitely find yourself siding with Rachel and hating Darcy, it is still sad to see their friendship hit this ugly point.
There's a lot of history behind Rachel and Darcy's 25-year friendship that the book covers. The way I see it is the book gives us the background story, while the movie gives us the visual in such a way that Rachel and Darcy's friendship feels more tangible.
There is also a lot behind Dex and Rachel's relationship -- the movie did show them, but the book covered more of it, of course.
And while Dex is seemingly perfect, he's really not THAT perfect... I'm not gonna say why though just in case you haven't read and/or seen the book/movie.
As I said above, I am a little disappointed about the whole Ethan thing. I don't want to say more about it either because I really don't want to spoil anything, but yeah, if you read the book, you probably know what I mean... at least I hope, haha! ;)
I think Something Borrowed (the movie) had a lot to live up to because the book is a massive success and is widely loved, and that's probably the main reason why it wasn't as warmly received. Another thing is, I wish they followed the book more closely... and instead of adding unnecessary characters (Dex's parents), I wish they didn't take out an important character (Rachel's friend, Hillary).
With that said though, it's not entirely a sucky movie... it's a good movie to watch and is very entertaining, just keep your expectations low, though (especially if you loved/read the book). I think it would've been a more warmly welcomed movie if it wasn't based on a widely loved novel.
So, definitely read Something Borrowed if you have the time! :)
If you haven't seen the movie, watch it too!
After that, please please please get Something Blue right away!
I loved Something Borrowed, but Something Blue is definitely a book that I will probably read over and over again. :D
I don't know if they will make Something Blue into a movie and I'm not sure how it will work (considering how they tweaked the story a bit with Something Borrowed), but if they do, I will definitely watch it -- I loved it that much! ;)
I haven't done a movie/book review in a while... I hope I was able to review both the book and the movie in a way that was clear but didn't give anything important away.
Have you seen Something Borrowed? Have you read the book?
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