Friday, September 2, 2011

Moving thoughts--No Reservations

The other girls and I watched No Reservations (2007) a couple days ago. The general reaction? That is was a good movie—good acting, good dialogue, good filming.
It had minor problems with suggestiveness, but actors disappeared behind conveniently closed doors for anything more.

The story was pretty good too. An high-powered, overly-intense chef at a New York restaurant, brought out of her shell and shown the real recipe for life. We all need reminders occasionally that we are more than what we do. We do not become a failure for botching a dish or taking a few days off from 'our' kitchen.

The movie also suggested the important of relationships and family. Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones), in her dream job as master-chef, rejects commitment with a former-boyfriend because she figures it would disrupt her routine and not last anyway. After a slightly contrived accident, Kate finds herself with both a niece to care for and a new boyfriend to deal with. The new relationships break apart her shell and focus her on the importance of people. Nick (Aaron Eckhart) seems to know Kate's need, puhing her toward commitment.

At the same time, the family presented by No Reservations was a modern, self-made family with little suggestion of marriage. Kate's niece speaks of her dad occasionally, but the film never explains where he is or why Kate's sister would rather have the girl's aunt raise her than her own father. Similarly, Kate's therapist suggests that 'moving in' together is no big deal.

So what did I think? Yes, it was a good movie, and one which I enjoyed. I'm not sure I'd let younger children watch it, though, especially not without using the story to discuss the importance of marriage and family.


Anonymous said...

Probably my favorite "romantic comedy." Partly because it's the only one I've found that I don't cringe through parts of.
In addition to what you pointed out, I would add that I found Zoe's reactions to Nick to be a little too convenient. A child that just lost her mother isn't going to be eager to have a stranger invade a relationship she is still adjusting to herself.
But like many Shakespeare plays, it helps to remember that they only have two hours to pull it all off.
And the look on Zoe's face when offered the fish was priceless.

Audrey said...

Yes, and yes. The shot of the fish from Zoe's view was so startlingly good.
I actually found it difficult to like Nick for the first half of the movie; he seemed to have everything in order, everything he wanted just at the wave of his imaginary conductor's baton. Then some cracks started to show, and he became much more real and likeable.

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