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Penelope (2006)

Friday, 31. October 2008

Penelope, Penelope, why can’t more movies be like you?

Just so you know, I absolutely loved every frickin detail of this story. Starting with the plot, continuing with the characters, ending with set/production/costume design. Oh, and let’s not forget the beautiful message this movie sends, which actually makes sense.

Penelope is the daughter of a rich, aristocratic family. Unfortunately, she was cursed and is born with a pig nose. In an attempt to keep her safe until the nose is gone and the curse lifted, her parents lock her in at home and bring her one blue-blooded husband contender after the other, in the hopes that he’s Mr Right.

The setting is magical realism (tor has a great essay up on magical realism), the style reminded me of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium or Big Fish. And it really made me want more movies set in worlds like that. In literature, it’s pretty prevalent (think Gabriel García Márquez or Haruki Murakami among others), in movies, it’s not. Very sad.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Christina Ricci is a wonderful Penelope, sweet and naive, but also strong and powerful, filled with purpose and a sharp mind. Catherine O’Hara is the well-meaning mother of everybody’s nightmares. James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage, Simon Woods and Russell Brand (who is everywhere nowadays) complete a perfect and very funny cast.

As I said before, I loved the design of the whole thing – Penelope’s clothes, her room, the city… it all fits the general mood of the movie and is just extremely pretty. And magic.

What it boils down to is that it’s a wonderful fairy tale that reminds you that the world is kind of enchanted. When you look at it closely.

And it’s actually a movie that got 10 out of 10 points on my list.

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8 comments

  1. Sounds awesome :) …can’t find it on the LAN, though, will have to see if I can rent it from somewhere.


  2. It was awesome and you definitely should rent it. And then worship it. ;)


  3. I remember watching the trailer and wanting to see it. But then, I missed it. Thanks for reminding me about it. And since you hold this movie to such a high regard, I am looking forward to it.


  4. I’ll make the whole world Penelope lovers… My new mission!


  5. I <3 Penelope!


  6. loved it and chris is my obsession :)


  7. Christina Ricci is a great actress, therefore a good one to be obsessed about (imagine being obsessed with Paris Hilton – how much crap you would have to endure…)


  8. lav kinoya ho zorov chiii



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