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As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbour who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- By now, it should be fairly obvious that I love Steve Carell. I will put up with him in silly films like Anchorman, but I live for the films he does where he is playing a serious character. So often he seems to play the slightly tragic, dour man who has been wronged or bereaved in some way, and that’s the way I like him best. Which sounds all kinds of wrong, I am sure, but I can’t help it. He plays Dodge here, a man whose wife leaves him three weeks before the end of the world. I loved Dodge.
- There was a time when I was absolutely obsessed with CSI, and furthermore, convinced that Gil Grissom was my dream man. (It’s strange looking back on how obsessed I was, as I can’t even bring myself to watch old episodes now). So, although that phase has passed, it was nice to see William Peterson pop up, albeit briefly.
- It is my honest belief that any film can be improved by including Martin Sheen in the cast. I will argue this to the death. So it’s always, always cheering when he appears in a film. I knew that he was in this, as I had seen the cast list before I saw it, but I didn’t know when he was going to arrive. Just as Dodge knocked on the door, it all fell into place and I realised that the man on the other side would be a) Dodge’s father, and b) Martin Sheen. I think there’s probably a blog post about my love and devotion to Martin Sheen coming soon.
- I loved the music in the film. It’s kind of important, because it informs a large part of Keira Knightley’s character, and I think all of the soundtrack choices were well-informed, and good choices. I particularly like The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies.
- I thought I wasn’t going to buy Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as a couple, but I totally and utterly did. That possibly has something to do with how much I love Mr Carell.
- I loved the ending. I loved the sacrifice that Dodge made for Penny, and the one she made for him, and then the very end. I thought it was the best possible way to end it.
What I Didn’t Like
- She got better, but Keira Knightley was super annoying for the first half an hour or so. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t generally find her all that annoying (unlike my sister, who hates it when she says “I look quite pretty, don’t I?” in Love Actually). She sort of reminds me of someone, and all the attention-seeking behaviour, and the “AREN’T I JUST LIKE SO WEIRD” act just isn’t attractive. She gets a lot better, and I had stopped wanting to throw things at her by halfway through.
- However, there is a scene when she is talking on the phone to her family in the UK, and her eyes just start going crazy. I was watching it with my friend Hannah and she warned me to look out for it; her eyes dart from left to right with alarming frequency. Seriously, it’s ridiculous, and so so so so annoying. You’re an Academy Award nominated actress, Keira. You can do so much better than over the top eye acting.
All in all, I absolutely adored this film. I would recommend it and I would (and will) watch it again. Just for Martin Sheen, if nothing else.