The very beginning of Bewitched
convinced me that it was going to be a bad movie. When the audience meets
the main character, Isabel, played by Nicole Kidman, she, in a conversation
to her rakehell father, played by Michael Cain, pretty much summed up the
whole plot in a breathless monologue. I hate when they force feed the plot
to the audience.
Nicole Kidman in Bewitched
That impression only lasted about ten minutes. As soon as the plot brought us to Jack, played by Will Ferrell, I was convinced that if nothing else, the movie may have a few laugh out loud moments. By the time Jack and Isabelle met, I had forgotten to criticize and simply enjoyed the movie.
Bewitched is Hilarious
Bewitched is funny. I mean, not just clever
in a way that prompts an appreciative "huh" from the viewer, but laugh-obnoxiously-until-you-possibly-snort
funny. Many of those moments when the audience is unified into an obnoxious
guffaw punctuated the moments of scattered laughter. Normally here is where
I would insert an example to prove my point, but I don't want to ruin any
of those surprising moments for anyone.
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell work together in their roles fantastically. After those first painful minutes I (luckily) forgot I was watching Nicole Kidman and began to just enjoy her sweetly na´ve portrayal of Isabel. Jason Schwartzman, best known from Rushmore, played Ritchie, Jack's shmoozy agent with amazing success.
Will Ferrell in Bewitched
Bewitched had its down sides. The plot, in which Hollywood decides
to remake the Bewitched TV show and accidentally hires a real witch
to play Samantha, was most useful as a vehicle for comedy and not much else.
The romantic aspects of the movie were funny but, as is usual with these
aspects, not thrilling or even vastly interesting. I found myself caring
less about whether Jack and Isabelle would end happily ever after and more
about seeing Will Ferrell perform his signature combination of verbal and
physical comedy that never fails to make us laugh.
Overall, however, considering how much my sides ached as I tramped happily
out of the theater, and considering the dearth of actually funny comedy
out there, Bewitched must go on your list of movies to see. And
do go see it in the theater; hearing the audience laugh uncontrollably was
almost as much fun as laughing uncontrollably yourself.
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