Monday, February 02, 2009
Have you seen the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen?
I saw it a few days ago, and I had a good time watching it. I downloaded the movie for the following reasons:
1. It's set in Spain. Spain has always had a hold on me ever since I was a kid for one reason or another. The fact that I've never even set foot on Spanish soil doesn't seem to matter all that much, especially since I've been told by people close to me who have been there that Barcelona and Sevilla are "so me." I don't really know why they say that, and I don't really care. I can only prove it if I spend time in those Spanish cities...something that's only dream fluff for me right now.
2. Javier Bardem. So strange. He doesn't fit the handsome-Hollywood-type mold, and I didn't really like his character in the movie version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Love in the Time of Cholera, which, incidentally, showed the most perfect pair of breasts I've ever seen on film. (And now everybody's going off to download "Love in the Time of Cholera." Sigh.)
You're back? Oh, good. Anyway, there's something about Javier Bardem that compels me to watch his movies. I really loved it whenever he spoke Spanish in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, or maybe I just have a predilection for Spain's sons (especially this one, who looks so manly, grrrrr). This topic brings to mind Jamie Lee Curtis' character in that old movie "A Fish Called Wanda," which reminds me of myself somewhat. In that movie, men speaking a European language turned her on. An apt comparison, except for the fact that I don't have Jamie Lee Curtis' gorgeous boobies. Plus, not all European languages turn me on. Just a handful. :-)
3. Penelope Cruz. Because she's so damn gorgeous. And she's Spanish. I could possibly switch teams just because of her.
The main female characters in the movie are Vicky (Rebecca Hall), Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) and Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Which one do I best identify with? Watching the movie, I can say that I found myself in all three: I'm straightlaced (somewhat), adventurous and dissatisfied (somewhat) and bizarrely neurotic (somewhat).
What's strange is that I also see aspects of my character in Javier Bardem's portrayal of the man called Juan Antonio Gonzalo. Passionate, artistic, intense, yet wishy-washy. Ugh.
Which movie character do you most identify with? Let me know, so I can stop feeling so pathetic.