Time/place: 1:40 showing at Ocean Ranch 7 (w/Tex) with Korkie
This is a tough one. I wasn’t planning on ever seeing this movie, and yet a last-minute change of decision (good idea, KB) placed us in the theater playing Valentine’s Day today. It was pretty much what I expected to get, so this is going to be a short one, too ;).
I’ll start with some obvious dislikes. It was schmaltzy, as one would expect, but it didn’t take itself too seriously, either… so that part wasn’t so bad. Like many a movie made today, it didn’t have much interest in feeling real, though. The set design and lighting, beyond whatever story elements furthered the idea, all felt very Hollywood-ized. I didn’t look at these homes or other locations and believe they were real – they were simply sets in which the stars could entertain us. Not too big a deal. The bigger annoyance came with the story, itself. No, this is nowhere near the caliber of something like Love Actually, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. At least, I sure HOPE it wasn’t supposed to be. Julia Roberts’ story ended up being very sweet, and there were some other nice things in the movie (storywise), but in the end a couple of the relationships focused on the idea of “love being all you need” in a romantic setting. It’s that notion in which a character looks beyond other issues, lies, or whatever else – because they’re in looooove. Sweet… perhaps for high schoolers, but if that’s how romantic relationships are supposed to be, we’re all screwed.
Surprisingly, though, I didn’t find this movie horrible. It wasn’t great, but… it wasn’t so bad. I love Hector Elizondo. I love him in the same way I love Bob Newhart – understated and hilarious. I laughed a couple of times, and, of course, there were beautiful and adorable gals to look at, too. We were blessed with the perfect audience, too. There were a few guys next to me who laughed like idiots, but were fun. A couple of girls behind us, obviously younger, “Aww-ed” and joked throughout, and overall.. the audience provided almost as many laughs as the movie did.
Valentine’s Day is most likely what you’d expect it to be: simple, somewhat forgettable, cutesy, and overly-sweet at times… but, at other times, it was somewhat enjoyable. Of course, as always, the right company makes any movie better. Even if that leads a wonderful old man to think two friends are dating ;).