Friday, April 07, 2006
Review: Chasing Amy
I bought this title last August...only watched it last week......yeah, I'm slow in doing things...that's why the late update in this blog.......been watching DVDs all day long for the last few weeks, it's the only thing I do other than the chores and online-ing....got more reviews coming......
Anyway, back to the movie. This is the third film in director Kevin Smith's New Jersey trilogy (others are Clerks and Mallrats), so called because all of them take place in New Jersey (well duh...).
Basically, the plot has Ben Affleck and Jason Lee as comic artists. The Ben character then meets and falls in love with fellow artist Joey Lauren Adams. Only thing is she's a lesbian. So begins his "quest" to win her heart. Of course there's much more going on, but I'm lazy... :P
Yeah. Twisted. And absurd too.
This movie is really, and I mean REALLY funny as hell! The dialogue is full of sex and gay issues and orgy, race joke and some really cool and hilarious monologues (my favourite) involving comic books, Star Wars and other pop cultures. It's like Tarantino stuff, only without the violence. It's kinda offensive for those who can't take it, but it feels so realistic -- almost like watching ourselves talk in real life (yeah, the sex part).
Check out some of my favourites:
"You got cracker farm boy Luke Skywalker, Nazi poster boy, blond hair, blue eyes. And then you got Darth Vader, the blackest brother in the galaxy."
"Archie was the bitch and Jughead was the butch. That's why he was always going around wearing that crown-looking hat... he was the king of queen Archie's world."
Really gay and lesbian thing going on here. Hey, don't misunderstand, I'm cool with that -- just not with them liking me...but that's another topic......
I always thought Ben Affleck was better doing rom-coms and small budget art house than action movies, like in Good Will Hunting and Changing Lanes. He feels natural here. And the lead actress Joey Lauren Adams is so adorable and with that distinctive voice and personality you couldn't help but really like her. The ongoing romance is genuine, and it's one of the most best portrayed rom-rom I've seen. Watch for the long scene when he confesses to her even with the knowledge that she likes women.
good acting, amazingly funny dialogue, some interesting camera angles and editing, and a great character chemistry make this a must watch. A 9 out of 10 from me.