Friday, 19 August 2011

The Proposal

Yes, and sometimes I am not anywhere near as intellectual as I want to be. Straight after fighting my way through "Fellinis Roma" I needed something easy to watch and decided on this one.

In New York, Margaret Tate is a successful self-made chief-editor of the Ruick & Hunt Publishing and loathed by her coworkers. Margaret lost her parents when she was sixteen and is tough with the employees of the office. Her executive assistant and aspirant editor Andrew Paxton has been working with her for three years without any recognition. When Margaret has problems with the immigration due to an expired visa and is threatened with deportation, she blackmails Andrew to agree to marry her. In return, he would be promoted to editor and she would publish his book. Meanwhile, the skeptical clerk of the immigration department Mr. Gilbertson schedules an interview with Margaret and Andrew after the weekend. The couple travels to Sitka, Alaska, to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Andrew's grandmother and Margaret is welcomed by his warming family. Over the weekend, she grows closer to Andrew's family who ask her to marry Andrew in their barn, a family tradition in the Paxton family. And the tension increases when Mr. Gilbertson appears out of the blue in Sitka promising to charge Andrew for fraud...

Sometimes I surprise myself because: I liked it!
The plot was simple and unrealistic, yeah, but it is a romcom after all. And it was not as plain and stupid as it could have been. The bonds between family members was portraied in a very sensitive and convincing way and the jokes were not too OTT. I don't mind Sandra Bullock (if you know me you would see that this is a compliment, I don't tend to like the majority of actors/singers/everything) and think she played her part very well (but has a slightly annying voice I think).
It was the first time I have seen handsome Ryan Reynolds in a film and again; he was much more convincing than I thought after only knowing him from perfume adverts. Casting has done very well here. They both make a lovely awkward couple, not too sweet, not too perfect. And Ryan Reynolds is nice to watch anyway, he gives you that "I look like a big boy but I can hold you and protect you from all evil with my strong arms" feeling ;-)
I enjoyed watching it and would be happy to see those two together again in a film! Sometimes it is worth to give films a chance that don't belong to your prey-pattern.

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