Fall Movie Preview: Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Anne Hathaway and Rosemarie DeWitt, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Not only has the film been receiving excellent reviews from critics, but several claim that this is Anne Hathaway’s breakout role.

The story centers on the Buchanan family, a wealthy Connecticut family, who are marrying off their eldest daughter daughter Rachel (DeWitt). Younger sister Kym (Hathaway) who has been a drug addict since she was teen has been granted a weekend pass from rehab to attend the nuptials. Kym’s presence at the event brings about a number of truths the Buchanans would prefer to keep secret.

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly calls Anne Hathaway’s performance a revelation. “She shoots far beyond giving a damn about her “likability” in a performance as scalding as it is controlled. She makes toxic narcissism magnetic.”

Glierberman also calls Rachel Getting Married Jonanthan Demme’s best movie since Silence of the Lambs and praises the directors ability to make you feel like a member of the family. [read Owen Gleiberman’s entire preview]

You can watch an exclusive clip from Rachel Getting Married here.

Rachel Getting Married premieres on October 3.

Review: Becoming Jane (2007)

Becoming Jane is one of those movies that I was guaranteed to love before it ever reached theaters. Not only Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors but Anne Hathaway, who stars in this Julian Jarrod directed bio-pic, is one of Hollywood’s few young actresses who doesn’t drive me up a wall.

 

Hathaway plays as Jane Austen before she was, well, Jane Austen.

The film follows the author’s early life as she struggles to find her place in English society. This Jane Austen would rather be upstairs writing than meeting possible suitors. That is until Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), arrives and Jane must make a decision. Is she to be happy and married, despite its apparent limitations or is she to be a spinster but more importantly, a writer?

Becoming Jane marks an important moment in Anne Hathaway’s career. There has never been any doubt that Hathaway is a talented actress but her early work in The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted led her to be frequently typecast. Recent roles in Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada showed her range and star potential. But Anne Hathaway’s lovely performance in Becoming Jane proves her ability to carry a film.

 

Unfortunately for Hathaway and the film’s many great supporting actors, most notably Julie Walters and Maggie Smith, the screenplay, written by Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams, could probably use a little help from Jane Austen herself. Often weak dialogue leads to moments when Jane does not come across as strong as an individual as she should.
Nevertheless, Becoming Jane stands 0ut from the other summer movies as one of the best. Anne Hathaway especially shines in this entertaining and engaging film.
Updated October 17, 2010

Review: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Typically there is one summer movie performance that stands out from the rest. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada is this summer’s most impressive performance thus far.

The screen legend stars as Miranda Priestly, the vicious editor of Runway magazine, who creates a tense work environment, in this slightly satirical look at the fashion industry .

Enter Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, who lands every girl’s dream job as Miranda Priestly’s assistant. She is remarkably unfit and unprepared for the job. She lacks fashion knowledge and she is, after all, a size six. But what Andrea has is the determination to be successful at her often demeaning tasks, even if that means hurting the people she loves the most.

While Hathaway proves that she can hold her own against big names like Streep, The Devil Wears Prada, is without a doubt, Streep’s picture. Her performance evokes moments where you are both uncomfortable and awestruck.

Expect Meryl Streep to be mentioned several times during the 2007 award show season.

Review: Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

To say that Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain is just a gay cowboy movie would be giving it the short end of the stick. It is captivating, touching and an amazingly excellent picture and those reasons alone should silence the childish snickering.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star as Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist respectively. The men meet in the summer of 1963 when they are hired to be sheepherders on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. They spend two weeks on the trail and instantly develop a connection then a sexual relationship. They then separate for fours years and move on with their lives. They both marry and have children; Del Mar to Alma (Michelle Williams) and Twist to Lureen (Anne Hathaway). But even after their initial separation neither man can forget the time they spent on Brokeback Mountain. The remainder of the film follows the men as their lives and relationship continue to evolve.

This is a film that will remain with you long after it is over. The performances in this film are completely mesmerizing. Heath Ledger delivers beyond the most powerful screen performance of recent memory. But what got me the most was story. Whether you agree with it or not, Brokeback Mountain is a love story. It is a bittersweet story of an impossible and unacceptable yearning that ends much too soon. No matter your opinion, see it. Brokeback Mountain will affect you.

Updated October 9, 2010