Monday, January 14, 2013

Movie Monday: Elizabethtown

Look, I KNOW this is a movie that people very strongly either love or hate. But I think it's one of those movies that grows on you. The first time I saw it, I sort of liked it but I wasn't quite sure. But the more I watch it, the more I realise just how fantastic it really is.

Reasons why Elizabethtown is awesome:
1. Orlando Bloom. It's nice to see him doing something that doesn't involve wearing elf ears or shoes with giant pilgrim buckles on them!
2. The soundtrack. It's phenomenal. Especially for roadtrips.
3. Kirsten Dunst.
4. The world's most ridiculous shoe.
5. Drew arriving in Elizabethtown to see the entire town pointing him in the right direction.
6. Susan Sarandon.
7. Epic phone conversations.
8. Last looks.
9. Alec Baldwin explaining how much $900-odd million is. Genius.
10. Drew's ridiculous suicide machine.
11. Louisville pronunciation lessons.
12. 60B. And missing it.
13. The car trying to eat Susan Sarandon.
14. Judy Greer. She's brilliant in pretty much everything ever.
15. Drew offering condolences to everyone when it's his father who died.
16. Paula Deen is in it. Seriously.
17. Samson.
18. Chuck and Cindy.
19. Ridiculous urns.
20. The video that makes the kids behave.

21. The giant papier mache eagle.
22. Setting fire to the hotel. WHOOPS.
23. Dresses in which good things do not happen.
24. Roadtrips. I loves me a good roadtrip.
25. Tap dancing to 'Moon River'.
26. Lowering the coffin into the grave. It's horrific and hilarious all at the same time.
27. Manic pixie dream girl.
Plus, the following quotes:
- "I think I've been asleep most of my life."
- "Is there such a thing as partial cremation?"
- "I'm impossible to forget, but I'm hard to remember."
- "Trust me. Everyone is less mysterious than they think they are."
- "If it wasn't this, it'd be something else."
- "So you failed. Alright, you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling."
- "I'm gonna have to call you back..." "Okay, just dial HELL and I'll answer."
- "We peaked on the phone."
- "What is that word...? Whimsical!"
- "Some music needs air. Roll down your window."
- "Did I miss 60B??? DID I MISS 60B????"
- "Because we have a moment here, let me tell you that I have recently become a secret connoisseur of 'last looks'. You know the way people look at you when they believe it's for the last time? I've started collecting these looks."
- "I want you to get into the deep beautiful melancholy of everything that's happened."
- "A few days after Mitch died I was walking through the yard and I saw our neighbor who was a very good friend of Mitch's, Bob, and he saw me coming through the gate, and he said, "I am so sorry for your loss." And I knew that he needed to feel that loss, too, and to share it, and I wanted to help him. And he put his arms around me, he cradled me, and his embrace tightened. Finally, here was somebody who truly cared. And then, I felt something else. Some-thing huge. Let's just say it, let's just say it. A BONER!"
- "By the way, I didn't say 'million,' I said 'billion.' A billion dollars; that's a lot of million."
- "Sadness is easier because it’s surrender. I say, make time to dance alone… with one hand waving free."
- "Do you ever just think "I'm fooling everybody"??" "You have no idea."

So. Have you seen it? And if so, are you in the elite club of people who think it's brilliant??

K xx


  1. OMGILOVETHISMOVIESOSOMUCH! Okay. Done fangirling now.

  2. OMG SUICIDE SCENE! I know I'm probably a horrible person, but that scene is so hilariously brilliant. I can't help but laugh for forever when that knife falls. He's such a failure he CAN'T EVEN KILL HIMSELF CORRECTLY.

    Can you tell I love this movie?

    And anyone who doesn't know me and hasn't seen the movie probably thinks I'm the worst human being alive right now because they think I'm laughing at suicide. Sigh.

    1. Nope. Not a horrible person. That shit is FUNNY.

  3. Samson. And missing 60B. And oh I would totally buy some spazmoticas if I could just to hang on my wall.

  4. Yep, I am indeed in the elite club that thinks this film is brilliant, hooray!

  5. Despite the cheesiness and Orlando Bloom's TERRIBLE American accent, I love this movie. I'm an unapologetic lover of all things Cameron Crowe.

  6. Orlando Bloom is just so ... why must he speak. I'm fine when he doesn't open his mouth. It's when the talking starts that I lose all interest in his character and him in general. He would make an excellent mime.

    Now, i'm not a big fan of this movie - I haven't seen it since it first came out... but that being said, like most things I'm sure I could grow to love it.


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