LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, (USA, 2010)
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal
Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Hollywood Multiplex, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni
Released at the peak of the Oscar season, perhaps Love And Other Drugs had high intentions, but despite its who A-lister leading names, it’s more of a standard comedy-drama at heart, but then that’s not necessarily a problem.
Based on Jamie Reidy’s non-fiction book ‘Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman,’ the film tells the story of Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal), an ambitious pharmaceutical salesman, probably the biggest charmer you’ll ever meet. After getting sacked from his job in a hi-fi store because he got a little too close to the boss’ girlfriend, making more than decent living off commission alone, when his brother suggests he goes into selling for pharmaceuticals company Pfizer, he has to step his game up another notch. Shadowing a highly regarded local doctor, all the while pushing Pfizer’s products for the practice, Jamie meets Maggie Murdock (Hathaway), a stage one Parkinson’s sufferer, he becomes more than a little fascinated by. After winning her over proves much more difficult than Jamie is used to, Maggie starts to slowly open up and reveal the impact her illness is having deeper into her life, the pair develop a bond neither had expected. When their relationship reaches a point however, that Jamie would be sacrificing a lot to care for Maggie, and Maggie asking so much of Jamie to do it, whether they can stick the distance isn’t just a question of love.
A big departure from his usual action, Love And Other Drugs is only director/co-screenwriter Edward Zwick’s second comedy-drama. It’s Gyllenhaal and Hathaway who mostly keep the show running, being fantastic together, fizzing chemistry. He’s puffed up with arrogance, but has the charm to pull it off, and she is becoming the most versatile commercial actress of her time, capable of charming in pretty much any role.
SEASON OF THE WITCH,(USA, 2011)
Director: Dominic Sena
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman
Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Hollywood Multiplex, Cityplex, CinemaPRO, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Sun Plaza
Reuniting Cage with his Gone In Sixty Seconds director Dominic Sena, this 14th century odyssey sees Cage and Perlman play Behman and Felson, two knights entrusted to transport a suspected witch to a remote abbey. There, monks will perform a ritual upon her in the hope of ridding the land of the Black plague. The story hinges on whether the female character is a witch or not. And, to be fair, the actress gives a spirited turn, investing far more energy into her underwritten role than it merits. Cage and Perlman make a solid enough double act. The problem is however that the flick tries to be something it’s not. This is no Name of the Rose, but rather a computer game and not too good while we’re at it. The only salvation could have come from CGI, which is however mediocre, while the twist is mundane and the dialogue is truly shocking. And as tradition dictates, all the actors keep their own accents, no matter how anachronistic, giving the audience the feeling that they are watching a movie edited from several others, failing however to be coherent and stick to an interesting narrative line. All in all, a lot worse than other Cage movies.
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, (USA, 2010)