27 Dresses

I took a trip to the movie theater to check out the movie “27 Dresses”. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Jane), James Marsden (Kevin), Judy Greer (Casey) and Malin Akerman (Tess). I wanted to check out the movie since I’m an admirer of Katherine Heigl’s and Judy Greer’s. I anticipated a highly comedic and ultra-romantic film that would stay with me long after I exited the theater. Let’s just say I tend to have high hopes for films.

The Cast

I think that the choice of cast was great. The cast members, as individuals, definitely have had great performances in their careers. However, in this film, the chemistry between the cast members was inconsistent. I felt that the chemistry, in general, between Jane and Kevin was great early in the film, grew throughout the middle portion of the film. I feel, though, that the chemistry failed at the movie’s conclusion and didn’t deliver the punch it could have.

Independently, Katherine Heigl was believable and adorable, though in a couple of scenes her performance was a bit over the top and borderline cheesy. Marsden’s performance was seamless. I think he nailed the devilishly handsome, but pessimistic and sarcastic bit.

Judy Greer as Casey was perfection and was the real comedic force in the film. I believe she really carried the whole thing on her shoulders despite the fact that she wasn’t the lead actress. She totally has movie ‘lead’ potential and I hope to see her in such a role in the near future.

Malin Ackerman as Jane’s bratty sister Tess looked beautiful and her character oozed confidence, but she didn’t deliver as memorable a performance as she could have.

The Story and Script

I really feel the premise of the story was wonderful. It had the potential to really blow me away like “Never Been Kissed” or “13 Going On 30”. The writers, talented as they may be, neglected to stimulate the audience (or at least me) with witty and smart conversation throughout the film. The movie seemed really familiar to me. I kept the film was like “Seinfeld” without the steady stream of punch lines. That said, I hold the dialogue written into the script responsible for the inconsistent chemistry between Marsden’s and Heigl’s characters over the course of the movie.

Conclusion

Despite the faults I find with the movie, I must say I enjoyed watching most of it. “27 Dresses” doesn’t make a big entrance at the start of the film and neglected to blow me away at the end. It neither left me thinking of anything profound, nor dreading my decision to venture out to the theaters to watch the movie.

White Dress

I walk through walls

But I can’t find the door


They see right through me

But they don’t know me at all

Like a candle swaying in a dark room

Help me find relief from a long day

Night can never come too soon

Cause in sleep I have no words to say

So surreal and so delicate

Nothing’s perfect but nothing’s a mess

So extreme and so fragile

Wonder why I’m wearing a white dress

And like a lighthouse by an ocean

Guide me to relief from a long night

Day seems like the right potion

Cause in sleep my fears take flight

I walk through walls

But I can’t find the door

They see right through me

But they don’t know me at all

27 Dresses

Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden

We’ve all heard he saying – Always a bridesmaid, never a bride right? Well how about being one twenty seven times.


Jane is always there for her friends and eager to please when they ask her to do anything for them. She is really a pushover to be honest; never being able to use the word “no”. Being wrapped up in others lives, she doesn’t really have a life of her own. However she does have this major crush on her boss, George and everyone in the office can see it except him.

While attending a friends wedding she is knocked unconscious by a woman who bumps her out the way while trying to catch the wedding bouquet. When she comes to the first thing she sees is this handsome man by the name of Kevin. He helps her up and they start to chit chat while sharing a cab that evening. It is very clear that he wants to get to know Jane better, but she is not giving him the time of day.

When Jane’s sister Tess comes for a visit she is happy to see her of course and invites her to a company party. At the party George says something to Jane, and her best friend pushes her walk over to George and let him know how she feels about him. Unfortunately Tess and George spot one another across the room and it appears to be love at first sight. As time progresses the two of them are spending more and more time together, and they seem to get pretty close. Poor Jane has to listen to her sister go on and on about the man that would have made her life complete.

Well the ball finally drops and George asks Tess to marry him, but this isn’t the devastating part. Jane actually decides to help her sister plan the wedding and even meets George at the caterer to try out different options for the wedding meal on her behalf. She seems to be handling it all in stride, until Tess does something that Jane doesn’t have the strength to forgive her for. Jane’s 28th dress is definitely going to be the one she will never forget wearing. In the meantime Kevin is still trying to win Jane’s heart, but she is in no way making it easy for him. As time progresses though she starts to live a little and lets her guard down a smidgen.

Sometimes when you have something to say to someone, you should just say it before the moment passes you by. This was a very cutesy, romantic, almost like a fairy tale type of movie. I will admit that some of the situations in this movie would have played out totally different in the real world, but they don’t stop me from loving the movie.

The Dress

Val

I kept my closet locked for months, because I couldn’t take the sight of that dress. It hung there taunting me. I ran my fingers over then silk ribbon that laced up the sides. It was as cold as my heart felt, because that night was gone, never to return.


A tear fell from my eye and splashed onto to blue rose that was pinned around the hanger. That was forever marked by the silence of everything it used to mean. I cried for the loss of the joy I had once found in that dress, and the blue rose that matched his eyes.

I remember a time when I looked into those eyes, and all I could see was love. Like a baby blue jay chirping after a summer shower, they lifted me gently to the other side of the rainbow where unicorns run free, and I flew on the wings of a golden eagle into the sunshine.

Now all I have is a picture, and those eyes have become so cruel, like a ghost of the past. They crush me with the force of a thousand waves in a stormy sea. I would give anything to see that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow again.