Sunday, January 08, 2012

Penelope (2006)



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.

6 comments:

edward said...

i think she is very very very cute and lovable. as is.

bitchlet said...

People get paid to write this stuff?!

She's cute though.

VE said...

Isn't say 'the art direction is fantastic' sort of like the movie equivalent of saying 'she has a great personality' when confronted with a blind date?

Elizabeth said...

totally agree with your review. I too was pretty confused when Penelope ended up with a "normal" nose and I also agree that she looked better with the pig nose! I was hoping that when she went to the party to find Johnny at the end he would reject her because she didn't have the pig nose anymore....

Megan said...

Yeah, probably skipping this one.

edward said...

please review some cat related movies. Kitten related if possible.