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Monday, January 24, 2011

[6.00/10] Life as We Know It (2010)


Life as We Know It (2010)

Brief review: Greg Berlanti's second full-length feature, "Life as We Know It", doesn't stand out amongst other movies of its ilk, as it uses many tired rom-com cliches, but it still tells a decent story that has plenty of hilarious moments, as well as some emotional and dramatic ones. Actually, aside from the annoyingly hackneyed climax, "Life as We Know It" is a charming and very pleasant cinematic experience, that hardly fails to engage the attention of its audience. The movie works mainly due to the stellar chemistry between its two sympathetic leads. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, not only look great, but they both deliver pretty good performances as Holly and Messer - two characters that can't stand each other, but still have an amazing on-screen relationship and mutual feelings that seem believable and very sincere. In fact, they would make a great real life couple. "Life as We Know It" is also quite attractive, visually. Berlanti's direction is smooth and competent enough, and the production design is excellent for this type of movie, but the reddish tint of Andrew Dunn's cinematography is somewhat unappealing. The bakery scenes are delightful and and deserve a special mention.

Overall summary: With its decent story, nice visuals and utterly likable cast, "Life as We Know It" is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable, if extremely formulaic romantic dramedy.

6 comments:

M. Hufstader said...

I've just gotta say it: this is not a movie I have any interest in ever seeing, however, your reviews are so nice and concise and fun to read, I had to click the link and see what you had to say about it anyway. You've got a great system worked out here, bravo.

Nebular said...

M. Hufstader, thank you so much. I'm truly flattered by your words :) I suppose most readers are sick and tired of reading overlong reviews, and that's why I decided to keep them as concise as possible. Glad you find them nice and fun to read. My readers opinions are always appreciated!

Melissa Bradley said...

This was a thoroughly enjoyable film. I love Heigl and Duhamel. Excellent review, I never noticed the reddish tint on the cinematography, but I really like how you pick up on the finer details of film making.

Nebular said...

Glad you agree with me on this one, Mel. :) It was certainly a very sweet movie, and I liked Heigl and Duhamel a lot as a screen couple. You didn't notice that they used this terrible red filter? Well, I did, because I'm a detail freak. :)

Andrew Green said...

The cover art irritates me too much to check the film out....
Great review, though.

Nebular said...

Andrew, buddy, I actually found the poster pretty funny, and it tells so much about the movie itself. Thanks, glad you liked it :)