Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Sometimes we go to a film because we have a thing for the star. Alan Smithee is only human. After Enchanted (2007), was it really possible for a grown man to think about anything other than Amy Adams? Also, could that man be expected to refrain from daydreaming about meeting and wooing Ms. Adams (provided he has finally gotten a job and a haircut)? Alan Smithee won't pretend to understand what floats other men's boats; he can only say that love of the kind he has found with Ms. Adams in his imagination is rare indeed.
As for the film, with an excellent script and so many fine actors, one must fault the director for the flatness of the picture. Mr. Nalluri's last outing was the made-for-TV Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006), both nights of which Alan Smithee watched, which gives you an idea of how fulfilling life is in the Smithee household.