Friday, September 4, 2009
My One And Only
Renee Zellweger as Ann Devereaux in Richard
Loncraine's film "My One And Only", which opened today in San Francisco and
several additional U.S. cities, while continuing in New York. (Photo:
Missing Love, Escaping Abandonment,
Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com
Friday, September 4, 2009
"My One And Only" is a sweet, funny and innocent film which means well and takes
its audience on a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s in America. While that
period was not the greatest in U.S. history by any stretch, Richard Loncraine's
film paints a beautiful, glorious time, romanticizing the baby blue Coupe de
Ville as well as eyewear and the American road. Amidst such camaraderie is
Ann (Renée Zellweger), who leaves New York City and her cheating heart of a
society-type husband Dan (Kevin Bacon) and goes west, looking for a new life and
a new money man. Ann's trek for such pursuits is anything but smooth, and
with her two teenage sons in tow, the cross-country road trip brings forth many
revelations and discoveries.
As shot by Marco Pontecorvo, "My One And Only" has a look that can only be
described as sumptuous, and the actors have a sheen and life to them that their
good performances don't bring enough justice to. Mr. Bacon plays the music
bandstand-leading cad, displaying charm and rascal smarts. Ms. Zellweger
brings a knowing cheekiness, and though she comes close to overplaying Ann early
on, she settles into the role and brings a multi-dimensional being to life.
Chris Noth makes for a fiery presence as the military doctor Ann meets along the
way, and Logan Lerman and Mark Rendall are terrific as Ann's teenage sons George
and Robbie respectively, young men standing on their own two feet in very
different ways. They are just a few of the bright spots in a
multi-talented ensemble cast.
Charlie Peters' screenplay is good at showing characters in action, even if the
dialogue itself is not always the freshest. What's important is that the
script evokes a time and place, as well as a distinct isolation and divorcement
from reality, which is exactly the point of several moments of the film.
Helen Butler's costume design is arresting, especially the outfits Ms. Zellweger
sports. Composer Mark Isham's music score punctuates a George
Gershwin-like evocation of a jaunty, curious and adventurous era, and his music
is a welcome accompaniment to a sly, sunny and entertaining two hours.
With: Nick Stahl, Eric McCormack, Steven Weber, David Koechner, J.C. MacKenzie
and Robin Weigert.
"My One And Only" is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association Of America
for sexual content and language. The film's running time is one hour and
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