Flash Movie Review: The Grand Seduction

The things people do to impress, seduce or persuade other people to do can really take over one’s life. I worked part-time at a clothes store during the holidays one season. There was an employee who would buy an outfit for herself every time she had a new date. Even with the employee discount she had a running balance on her account for all the clothes she kept buying. She would tell me a new outfit was like the front door of a house you are trying to sell; you want it to make a good first impression before the buyer enters to check out the place. This always made me laugh and I would tease her that if someone only wanted to date her because she had a fancy logo on her blouse she should try to exchange the date for someone with a brain. I understand how most of us would like to make a good impression on someone we are meeting for the first time; but if the person is only interested on a surface level, I have no reason to strike up a relationship. It does not matter to me what a person wears or what they look like; I am concerned with what is inside of them. As for the outside aspect as long as my teeth are clean, my face is washed and I have nothing under my fingernails or hanging from my nostrils; I am good to go.    The inhabitants of the small harbor town in this award winning comedy had more at stake in making a good impression. Acting mayor Murray French, played by Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter franchise, Gangs of New York), had to find a way to impress temporary doctor Paul Lewis, played by Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, Battleship), so he would choose to remain and be the town’s resident doctor, possibly winning a bid for a new factory to be built close by. The mayor would need the entire town’s residents help if his plan was to succeed. This was a light, fun film that had good performances by Brendan and Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her, The Shipping News) as Simon. The story reminded me of those old fashioned screwball comedies from the 50s and 60s; maybe not as zany. There were parts where the action died down causing a lull in the story, making it somewhat boring. Some things may have been far-fetched but contained in a small town setting gave it a goofy vibe. There would be no need to dress up and rush out to see this film unless the other choices at the theater were not to your liking. This film made a decent impression on me.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 27, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. If I ever wish to check out a place, I normally look at the kitchen and the toilet! Fronts could be deceptive.

  2. I always think of the mid 1930s to early 40s (rather than the 50s and 60s) as the Golden Age of screwball comedies, but I suppose that depends on one’s view of “screwball comedy.” In any case, speaking of good first impressions, this is my first visit to your blog, and I’m impressed!

    • I agree “screwball” could apply to any decade. At the time I was writing this review I was thinking of The Long, Long Trailer and The Glass Bottom Boat. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to come by and tell me; it is a pleasure to meet you. Keep up your wonderful site.

  3. Quite liked it myself, small, funny, odd. Nothing to really shout about as some of the events did get a bit outlandish, as you noted, but overall this was a whole lot of fun. Good review Joltz.

  4. Taylor is great in this film. Its good to see him get back to character driven films rather then acting in front of a blue screen. I study with the same woman who coached him, she has such great things to say about his projects coming up, especially the short film he just directed and wrote. Great blog you have here.

    Erik

    • Hi Erik and thank you for comments and sharing your work history. I am fond of these personal tidbits about celebrities and look forward to yours when you have reached you 1st set of goals. Thanks for the kind words and please keep me informed of your progress; I would be honored to review one of your film projects. Much success and joy to you.

      • You’re very welcome. I am a huge cinema buff. I enjoy your writing. Maybe one day soon, don’t be too harsh on me though! Thanks again for replying to my comment.

        Erik

      • It is always fun to meet a cinema buff and I appreciate you taking the time to come on by and leave your comments. Trust me, when the time comes I get to review your movie, I will tell everyone about these early comments. The best advice I ever received was “do what you love and everything else will follow.” May your love expand as time passes. Thank you for your kind words Erik.

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