Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Delysia LaFosse, pronounced like "delicious": A character with that name could not live in any other time but the Art Deco period. It's the name of the lead character in the movie I just watched on DVD last night, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. It stars Frances McDormand as an out of work governess who mistakenly gets a job working as a social secretary for Delysia, a social climbing entertainer played by Amy Adams (Enchanted). It's a delightful, charming comedy-romance. It's even better than your usual romantic comedy because of the beautiful sets, clothes, and music from the mid 1930's. It's also very well-acted and well-directed. Frances's English accent is dead on (and that's key for me. I despise poorly-done accents. They just ruin a movie with distraction).
I checked this movie out the other day when I was at Blockbuster and couldn't find anything else. I like Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, so I didn't figure it could be too bad. Big K rolled his eyes when I showed him my selection and said he'd find something else to do the night I watched it. But last night when I put it on, the laptop on his lap gradually found its way to the couch next to him and then the floor. Ya, he loved it. He couldn't help it! It was just that cute of a movie. So if you missed it in the theater, and you are looking for something you could describe using the words "darling," "sweet," "charming" and "funny," this is your movie.
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