Movie review from Lillian, our favorite resident Whovian (fan of the Dr. Who TV show). Enjoy… – JO
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Last night, I was very excited to curl up to Not Another Happy Ending. It’s a Scottish (yes!) rom-com (score!) staring Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond for 2.5 seasons on Doctor Who (even more bonus points). Seriously, it’s as if the movie had been crafted by my brainthoughts.
Here’s a quick plot summary: Young/possibly first time novelist, Jane Lockhart (Karen Gillan — who lives in an unrealistically fabulous apartment in Glasgow) is going through rejection letter after rejection letter trying to get her book published. With little/no explanation as to why, she goes to visit one publisher, Tom Duval (Stanley Weber) who picks her up and publishes it. It becomes a roaring success, but unfortunately, this and other things in her life (the most successful screenwriter in Glasgow moves in with her), make her too happy to follow up her success — apparently, she’s too happy to write. Publisher, Duval, however, is desperate for another best seller, and so decides to make her life miserable so she can angst up and write already. Mix-ups and “comedy” ensue. Along the way, Duval and Jane are falling in hate-love with each other.
Sadly, I could basically see this film coming from the opening credits. Definitely from 15 minutes in, when I realized that so far the movie had pretty much been comprised of two montages packed-to-the-brim with clichés.
How it could have been improved? Step one: be more creative with costume design than just, “Dress her like Annie Hall so everyone will know she’s quirky.” Step two: change her occupation. For the love of god, writers, why do you make your protagonist a WRITER? Instantly less interesting. Third possibility: add more of the cast of Dr. Who, maybe? Come on, David Tenant’s Scottish? So’s Peter Capaldi, come to that. I’m sure there are loads of other people who have played British on Dr. Who, but are actually Scottish…
And I suppose that’s what they call digressing. Where was I? Oh yes, step four: rewrites. It felt like an early draft of any romantic comedy you see coming out of Hollywood. I really would have liked to see something more surprising and different. I feel like if they had kept working on this premise, they could have found some new angles.
Things I liked: the soundtrack was fun! Lots of good Scottish music. I liked that Henry Ian Cusick was in it, although his character (a screenwriter, argh!!!) was one of the most poorly-written characters, possibly in film history. But he’s not done much since Lost, so it was nice to see his face.
I will go on in more nit-picky detail, full of spoilers, but suffice it to say, Karen Gillan had better put some effort into her next film choices if she wants to keep us loyal Whovians who love rom-coms around! I’m thinking her role in Guardians of the Galaxy might please the fanbase a bit more. ;)
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