Finished watching Leap Year yesterday. I say ‘finished’ because the concept of watching one movie at a stretch has vanished. Movies have taken on the form of mini episodes. Fast forward the Universal Studios introduction. Pause where the main protagonist makes an entrance. Again pause where hero and heroine meet for the first time. Pause after their first kiss. Pause after the climax. And so on. These pauses are punctuated by certain calls of duty. Some which I stealthily choose to ignore and some which I have no option but to attend to 🙂
Anyways, back to the movie. All in all, Leap Year was refreshing. A bit predictable and post-card perfect. But worth watching. No gore, no violence, and no embarrassing sex scenes.
Story in a Capsule:
Anna played by Amy Adams is your typical no-nonsense ,perfection-all-the-way-to-the-tips-of-my-fingernails sorts. She has a high-paying job and an equally high-flyer boyfriend Jeremy. Jeremy is played by Adam Scott. And he is a cardiologist. A fact that Anna repeats many times in the story to convince herself and others that Jeremy is perfect for herself. Jeremy with his pinched nose and too-perfect teeth plays the successful, boring boyfriend to the T. Now the two love birds have their eye on some amazing condominium and have ongoing discussions with the owners about buying it. And so A and J continue their neat, little, boring lives until A’s friend tips her off that J will be proposing to her soon. But to her disappointment, he doesn’t. Instead he heads off to a medical conference in Dublin.
So then A conjures up the idea of proposing to J instead. An old Irish tradition says that a lady can propose to a man on the 29th of February in a leap year. And so A starts her journey from Boston to Dublin to propose to the ‘Cardiologist’. But as luck would have it (or rather the movie script would have it), her flight has to land at Wales due to bad weather. Then she manages to hire a boat till some distance and is forced to spend the night at a run-down Irish inn under the care of the grumpy inn-keeper. The inn and its ‘inn-habitants’ are all the perfect cast for a horror movie. But this being a romance movie, A spends the night peacefully. She convinces the grumpy but handsome inn-keeper Declan (played by Matthew Goode) to drive her to Dublin.
The rest of the movie revolves around their adventures till they reach Dublin. Sparks start to fly between them but neither of them admits it. At this point, you are slowly reminded of the Aamir-Khan starrer – ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’. Actually DHKMN was ‘inspired’ from a classic black and white movie ‘It Happened One Night’. Of the 3 renditions of the same plot, I would say I still enjoy the black and white version the most. Mostly because it has Clark Gable in it 🙂
Once she reaches Dublin, Jeremy proposes to her and she agrees half-heartedly. But only to find out later that he had done that so that their condominium deal could be finalised. (Don’t you just want to punch such boyfriends?) So she rushes back to Declan who proposes to her and then they kiss by the cliff side. Camera pans outs leaving us with a view of the glorious sunset and two silhouettes sharing a kiss. The End.
What I liked: Declan. Declan. Declan. Matthew Goode is cute in a scruffy, unkempt way. He mumbles and grunts his way through dialogues in an endearing manner. And his smile…hmmm…funny that run-down inn wasn’t getting more female customers 🙂
Amy Adams is one of those actresses who is never trying too hard to look good or act innocent. I have liked her right from ‘Doubt’ and ‘Julie and Julia’. And she has maintained a good performance in this movie as well.
The scenery in the movie is breathtaking. It’s mainly rolling hills, rambling roads or tasteful rooms in muted shades. Very relaxing to the eye.
What I didn’t like : That would be the predictability of the ending. But overall I would excuse that.
Worth watching? Yes
Worth watching in the theatre? No, probably not.
Personal rating : 6/10