Kate Winslet

The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday (2006)

Director:

Nancy Myers

Writer:

Nancy Meyers

Starring:

Cameron Diaz

Jude Law

Kate Winslet

Jack Black

Eli Wallach

Blurb:

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Review:

I’m ashamed to say that this movie was recommended on my blog several years ago and I’m only now getting around to it. If I’ve got any defense it’s that anytime I saw it available to stream it was not during Christmas and I have a strict rule about watching Christmas movies before Thanksgiving(US). Finally, I’ve gotten around to it, though.

One of my favorite Christmas movies is a Debbie Macomber one called Trading Christmas. So I’m a fan of this trope. What I loved about The Holiday and this trope is that finding love isn’t necessarily the goal. Kate Winslet’s entire story arc was about finding herself and her romance with Jack Black was just a footnote. I love romance, but I enjoyed this story the most.

Cameron Diaz and Jude Law’s story was mainly about sex and attraction until Diaz discovered that Law had children. All of a sudden she saw him in a new light and while a long-term relationship was always there hovering I think the addition of seeing him care for his children pushed him farther into that category.

Ending wise, I again preferred Kate Winslet’s ending. There was so much possibility and promise there, while Cameron Diaz and Jude Law there was still the question of how they could manage a long-distance relationship. There really wasn’t a satisfying ending that could come from that so I can understand why it wasn’t expounded on. Diaz would either have to leave her company or he would need to uproot his children taking them away from everyone they know and love. I guess the kids are getting uprooted. It could be worse.

I’m not sure if I’ll add The Holiday into my yearly Christmas movie rotation, but it’s definitely a movie I would watch again and again.

4/5

Divergent (2014)

Divergent

Divergent (2014)

Director:

Neil Burger

Starring:

Shailene Woodley

Theo James

Kate Winslet

Plot:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Review:

First off I have not read the book. I read the sample but wasn’t compelled enough to purchase it or request it from the library. Came off as too teen for me, I can only take so much angst before my eyes roll out of their sockets. So I watched the movie.

I was pleasantly surprised. I went in with low expectations and now I want to read the books. There were a few places where my eyes were rolling, but the story was still compelling and interesting. I liked that she didn’t have two guys after her like in the Hunger Games.

It moved a little fast in places and I’m assuming there was a lot cut, story wise. The part with the kids jumping off the train and laughing was not cool looking, like I it was supposed to be. There were a few cheesy lines and I didn’t cry when the parents died so I wasn’t invested in the movie emotionally. Still I liked it and I look forward to the next one.

3.5/5