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The Golden Compass, 27 Dresses

Posted Monday, April 28, 2008, at 10:48 AM

Another week, another batch of new movies. Let's get to it.

The Golden Compass

Such controversy surrounded this movie and it ended up doing decent but not great at the box office which had many people who were against the movie exclaiming joy, however, the flick did some good business overseas and is well on its way to being a profitable venture for New Line Cinema. Although it may turn a decent profit, New Line has been folded underneath the wing of parent studio Warner Brothers and will no longer be an independant releasing studio, which makes it hard to guess whether or not the final two books in the trilogy will be made into movies. My guess is no, but Hollywood has done some pretty dumb things. Anyways, I originally reviewed this in theatres and my opinion stays relatively the same. The review can be found at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/12964... and has a long paragraph full of research on the entire religious controversy. As to my opinion of the movie on the small screen, it gets boring. Without the discovery of all the new CG that it throws at you, the overall story tends to not keep you as interested in the general forward thrust of the action. So I suppose if you haven't seen it, you might feel about the same way I did when you watch it at home, but if you've already seen it and are thinking about watching it again, it may be worth skipping.

27 Dresses

Reviewed it in theatres and my opinion stays the same. Check out the original review below that was written to be included in a Wedding Guide Special Section.

Finding the Perfect Dress: 27 Dresses Movie Review

From the start, I was not thrilled about the prospect of reviewing 27 Dresses. I am a guy and the movie looked hugely unenjoyable. I know the term 'guy' doesn't excuse me from being entertained by any movie, however this was a movie all about weddings, bridesmaids, and dresses. I deal with that enough as a wedding videographer, photographer, and DJ to know that I don't really care to watch more of it on the big screen. However, I decided to give it a chance, as I often do. I love movies and I'm not afraid to give a movie a chance to win me over. This was 27 Dresses chance. This was that rare shining moment for the movie to surprise and astound me. To turn me into a fan of the show.

Needless to say, it didn't happen. So I'm not fan of the flick, but there are still redemptive qualities to it and many that will make females enjoy the film. 27 Dresses is a movie that centers around Jane(Katherine Heigl) who is a talented young woman with a knack for not saying no and becoming the maid of honor at 27 different Weddings over the course of her life. Jane enjoys being there for the bride and selflessly dedicating herself to the Bride's every whim. Meanwhile, she is obsessed with her boss George (Edward Burns) who has no idea. Jane has an unlikely encounter with Kevin(James Marsden) who is a columnist using the name Malcolm to write about weddings. Jane's sister Tess (Malin Ackerman) comes home and immediately sweeps up George. Tess manages to lie about many of her favorite things to contort into the perfect girl for George and soon they become engaged. George has no idea Jane likes him. Tess has no idea Jane likes George. Jane has no idea Kevin is actually the columnist Malcolm who she loves to read. These misconceptions along with other hijinks propel the story until it all comes crashing together.

The movie is well made. There are not a lot of technical issues, but there is no creativity in the directing or cinematography to set this apart from other romantic flicks. The acting is clean cut, but never bad or great, just neutral. It's safe to say that this film is somewhat familiar territory with a different story.

But the movie does say something about dresses. In particular, the bridesmaids dresses. According to the flick, the bride picks the bridesmaids dresses to match the color and style of the wedding and in the film, the dresses range from somewhat normal to the wild and wacky. Having been married and being a part of the wedding industry, I am often a part of the world that discusses bridesmaids dresses, which I find to be a tricky situation. Most weddings, the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses after the bride picks them out, thus brides are usually wanting to pick something out that the bridesmaid could wear again. As the film 27 dresses points out, the bridesmaids always say "the best thing about the dress is you can shorten it and wear it again." Then, when Jane gets home, she puts it in the closet, never to see the light of day. It seems that only on a rare occasion would you ever wear a bridesmaid dress again. Thus, is it really that important for the bride to pick out something the bridesmaid might wear again? From the beginning to the end of the film, Jane is dressed in many different bridesmaids dresses that range from a theme wedding to the shortest dress you'll find in an 'LA' wedding. Bridesmaids dresses are an essential part of any wedding day and should reflect the general theme/color scheme of the wedding, but learn some lessons from 27 Dresses when picking out your bridesmaid's dresses, it pays to be simple. Sure, you should pick out something that goes with the wedding, but don't go overboard.

27 Dresses is an enjoyable film however your groom may not care to go, so grab the bridesmaids and hit the theater for a night of laughing and fun. You could even call it a training exercise for picking out bridesmaid dresses.

And thats about it for this week. Come back next time when we've got relatively nothing....seriously, next week has no big titles. It's going to be a dull week.



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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.