With Love, Dir: Peyton Reed - Cert: 12a
back in time to New York in 1962. A time when men were men & women
- well they stayed home to raise the kids.
With the arrival of Barbara Novak (Zellweger), for the publication of
her feminist book “Down With Love” the status quo is turned
on its head & ace journalist Catcher Block (McGregor) sets out to
prove she is no different to any other 60’s woman, secretly desiring
the hubby, kids and a house in the suburbs.
From its opening title sequence reminiscent of The Pink Panther this film
sets out to pay homage to all things 60’s, from the humour to the
mincing walks. Occasionally this grates as a poor parody of an Austin
Powers movie, whilst at others it excels with its visual style and jazz
The casting of Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in the lead roles works
well, as does the supporting pairing of David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson
as editors and antithesis of their respective star writers. All four characters
are well performed with a share of the comedic moments and no one actor/character
upstaging the others.
At 1hr 40m there are times when the pace slows to a crawl, however just
before the story starts to drag it picks up with either some witty dialogue,
clever visuals or a combination of both wrapped up with masses of innuendo
which, had this been filmed in the 60’s, would probably had the
censor behaving like a demented Edward Scissorhands. A couple of twists
sneak in at the end to add an additional 10 minutes of interest just as
things appear to have been wrapped up and its worth hanging around for
the closing credits too.
As a film for a girls night out, and judging by the reactions of those
who were in the same screening as myself, 8/10. (7/10
for the male viewers ).