Friday, September 24, 2010

P.S. I Loved This Movie

Holy crap, I haven't posted in 6 days! Without even realizing it, I just came pretty close to failing my goal of posting once a week. That means no gaps of more than 7 days. Phew, what a close one. I don't even know what to write about, but I think I'll go with one of the highlights of my week thus far:

I watched P.S. I Love You one night with me, myself, and I in the comfort and squishiness of the Big Turd (aka our oversized brown Luv Sac). Every one of my family members has felt an increasing dislike for the thing since we got it, including me, I'm ashamed to say, but every once in a while I'll fluff it up and attempt to get cozy when I'm by myself. It usually works as long as you get situated in the exact right spot, and make sure you're not wearing a hoodie that will eventually bunch up against the bag and put a strain on your neck. But enough about that, I really wanted to say that the movie was reeeeally good. I didn't know a lot about it when I started watching, other than one of them (Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler) dies rather fast, and it was very popular when it came out. According to the box it had lots of famous people and was supposed to be a "romantic comedy", meaning there would be some laughs in it as well. I was confused at how that was going to happen, since it sounded more like a tragedy to me, but surprisingly it worked out perfectly.

The plot follows Hillary Swank's character after her husband dies, showing the process she goes through with her friends and family. She ends up receiving a series of letters that he leaves for her, planned before his dying from a brain tumor, in places he knows she will go. They usually involve comforting words that bring back wonderful memories of their relationship, and instructions for tasks for her to do that help her on the way to moving on from his death. Of course, each of them ends with the words "P.S. I love you," hence the title. His messages in the letters really exemplified the thing I was constantly amazed at, which was her husband's optimistic spirit throughout all the bumps in their relationship, because Holly was quite the pessimistic instigator. No wonder people fell in love with this movie when it came out, because he genuinely loved her with all his heart and never gave up - who wouldn't dream of marrying a man like that? Plus he was smokin' hot with his Irish brogue and rocker-style. There was nothing to dislike about his character, and while at first I wasn't a fan of Holly, she proved to be quite static and ended up changing a lot by the end of the movie. She no longer annoyed me like she used to, and she wasn't the only character to change for the better, either. There is a sub-plot involving her mom (Kathy Bates) that increasingly gains importance and becomes interconnected with the main plot.

Another character I enjoyed was one of Holly's best friends, played by Lisa Kudrow, who provided much of the comic relief. The other portion usually came from Harry Connick Jr.'s character, who is secretly in love with Holly while she wants to just stay friends. His social awkwardness and inappropriate comments were refreshingly real and made me laugh. On top of those two handsome men, my favorite hottie from Grey's Anatomy (Denny!!) and now many other big movies, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, added to the sex appeal even more, with HIS Irish brogue and rocker-ness. Plus he had that quiet mystery factory that always left me wondering what his intentions were. Turns out he was actually a good guy, and ... well, that's I'm going to say without spoiling anything.

I really enjoyed the way the movie was set up with time changes between the past and present. Flashbacks were longer than what I've noticed is typical in movies, which was a good thing. If they had been shorter, it would've been harder to believe the love story, so this way you really fell for their chemistry. Half the movie I had butterflies in my stomach from the happy moments, and half the movie I was crying or near to it, because my heart literally hurt when it went back to the present and Holly was completely lost. I can only imagine what it must be like to permanently lose the closest person to you, especially if your life with that him/her is all you've known. Even though I haven't had that experience, it only took me a few seconds to put myself in her shoes and realized how devastating the situation would be. She had to rebuild her whole world almost, and I truly admired her strength in that.

There is no way I can fully explain how powerful this movie was, you just have to see it. Like 500 Days of Summer, it's one that takes you on an emotional roller coaster, making you feel all sorts of intense things in a short period of time. Usually I don't like movies that don't have happy fairy-tale endings, but I've learned to have such great appreciation for the select few that have the power to do this to me. I think any movie that causes you to really feel something as strong as these emotions deserves a lot of credit. So for that reason, I would gladly watch P.S. I Love You again anytime, and love every minute of it.

1 comment:

Lyssa Rose said...

I love this movie! The soundtrack is awesome too