from PORT ARANSAS, TX
Reviewed on 5/21/2009...
This movie makes wonderful use of music, especially in the opening and closing credits featuring Damien Rice's "Cold Water." Anyone who has struggled with shyness in the face of the opposite sex should enjoy Bill Nighy's performance as the near socially incapacitated Lawrence. Great movie with excellent performances by all and an inspiring message about the potential each and every one of us has for making the world a better place.
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Reviewed on 10/29/2008...
A thoroughly charming, interesting, intelligent movie. Bill Nighy gives an amazing performance as a somewhat sad, self-effacing, quiet, fairly highly-ranked British civil servant who accidentally strikes up an acquaintance with a soft-spoken, but outspoken pretty stranger in a crowded cafe. He somehow manages to get up the gumption to ask her out and from there, this momentum impels him to invite her to go with him to a G8 summit he is participating in in Reykjavik.
The story is a bit slow moving, but the characters are very well developed, very unusual, and so they hold your interest. The message is deep and global (go figure...), far beyond the romance of the two main characters. The setting is very foreign and all the more interesting as such.
There are some very good comedic moments interspersed here and there in this excellent film. And a lot of very inspiring gumption too.
I copied this movie from TV initially, but got my original copy as well, for the special features.