Sunday, January 08, 2012
Penelope is another well-made, well-acted film that only needed a much better script. The idea was a good one - Penelope has a pig nose and no one will love/marry her and lift her curse. She sets off to see the world and finds that she only ever needed to love herself. Sounds good, right?
Two problems: one, when Penelope finally learns to love herself, her reward is: she gets a normal nose. Huh? This mixed message brought to you by writer Leslie Caveny ("Everybody Loves Raymond"); two, Christina Ricci looks absolutely adorable with a pig nose. Alan Smithee almost freeze-framed his DVD and kissed his TV screen. Who wouldn't want to marry that?
Some pluses: Reese Witherspoon and Peter Dinklage are both excellent, and the art direction is fantastic. Still, you might want to get out some knitting or start a filing project while watching this one. Best of luck.