So, date night last night. My husband and I were going to see The Great Gatsby but knowing how it all ends, boats beating against the current and all that, I made a last-minute audible and drug my husband to the Angelika and the Pierce Brosnan rom-com, All You Need is Love. Or is it Love is All You Need? Actually, it's neither. Literal translation of the Danish title is "The Bald Hairdresser," which is a ridiculous, horrible title. But, at least it's not hoary like All You Need is Love/Love is All You Need.
Why this movie? I read a review a few weeks ago stating it was a mature rom-com with good performances by Brosnan and Trini Dyrholm. Rom-com + European setting + happy ending = good time.
We sit down at the Angelika, surrounded by mature couples - read AARP members - and watch the previews of a bunch of movies we've never heard of. "If the previews are an indication of what this movie is, I'm not going to like it," my darling husband said. Then, the movie starts. And, it's subtitled. His expression of horror was pretty comical. I swear, I had no idea, I say, and mean it. I didn't know it was subtitled. Pierce Brosnan speaking Danish? I couldn't see it. Well, he didn't. It was a mix of English and Danish, sometimes subtitled, sometimes not.
The movie was decidedly un-Hollywood, that is to say it was subtle, didn't force its characters to have a personality altering epiphany due to love and eschewed wrapping every storyline up in a pretty little happily ever after bow. Dryholm had more to do with her role than Brosnan, whose only responsibility was to go from abrasive to slightly less so. Poor woman - cancer survivor, cheating husband, grouchy Brosnan and, a lost suitcase to boot. Dryholm somehow made Ida's essential goodness not seem like a cross to bear, or a trait to be polished away into a tough cynicism and world-weariness. Like I said, very un-Hollywood.
I can usually gauge my husband's approval of a movie if he talks about it afterward. I can't tell you the number of movies we've left where he answered the inevitable did you like it question with a one word answer. The answer for this one was, "It was decent." But, he talked about it a little and never complained about the subtitles. I count that as a win.
- Dryholm has the most amazing blue eyes I've ever seen. Blue was a dominant color throughout the movie, from the waters of Italy to the shirts and suits the men wore, to the bright blue crates of lemons.
- Lemons were a motif as well, though I'm not entirely sure what they represented. Ida says lemons are her favorite fruit, which is peculiar. I love things made with lemons, but to say it is a favorite fruit indicates you like it on it's own. At least to me.
- Did you know botanically lemons are berries? That's what Brosnan said in the movie. Not sure I believe it, but okay.