Saturday, May 19, 2007

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good…

As part of Culture Snob’s blogathon on Misunderstood Movies, I thought I’d give my thoughts on three-time Razzie nominee Mr. Deeds, the film that was actually my number 1 movie of all time before I saw The Shawshank Redemption on my 14th birthday. I don’t love it as much as I did then, but it is a film that I hold very fondly in my heart, and feel has been extremely misunderstood.

Firstly, yes, it’s a remake of the Frank Capra 1936 classic, with Adam Sandler stepping into Gary Cooper’s shoes, and yes, Sandler is not exactly an ideal imitation of Gary Cooper. But I genuinely feel that Mr. Deeds borrows the storyline and the storyline only from Capra’s ’36 version, like the British soap "Hollyoaks", Mr. Deeds *knows* how ruddy awful it is, and doesn’t have aspirations of anything better. So it should be enjoyed as that, and not judged by the predecessor. If anything, the producers ought to be hailed for being brave enough to remake such a cherished classic! Furthermore, I get the vibe that lots of critics just groaned at the prospect of “another Adam Sandler movie”, when there really is no such thing. Except maybe Anger Management.

Despite its aspirations of mediocrity, it delivers as promised on most levels, as well as managing to reach moments of comedic genius. Mr. Deeds exploits fully the sort of gags and humour Sandler's previous films have called on with success (Buscemi and Tutorro are both here again in wonderful supporting roles), while adding new, unforgettable moments, such as the hilarious sliding down stairs sequence.

Very misunderstood movie film.

Furthermore, the central character of Mr. Deeds is actually a pretty decent guy. With an endearing character the audience can actually root for, what this movie does is milk the comic elements of Sandler’s acting range, whilst subtly giving us all a lesson on morality, and the ever-lasting message that money isn’t everything. Like Mr. Deeds and Winona Ryder’s character, we come to learn this through the movie. Adam Sandler, who surprised critics with his other 2002 effort, Punch-Drunk Love, is not so superlative here as he is in Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, but his performance certainly is good, I feel.

So, I urge everyone who originally hated Mr. Deeds to check it out again. It is admittedly slushy, it is admittedly cringey, but it’s definitely misunderstood.
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Anonymous said...


I really don't know what I'm meant to say.

Harry W said...

I like Sarah's voice, even though I wouldn't recommend listening to it when you're particularly down, I've heard she's the most popular songstress for suicidals to listen to.

Congratulations today, even if the match was worse than watching paint dry.

K-Swiss is pretty good actually, better than GAP at least.

Clara said...

Yann Tiersen is one of my favourite composers. Thanks for the sheet music again, Emma!

But Mr. Deeds I didn't enjoy at all.

Katie said...

Why would you compare GAP and K-Swiss? One's trainers, one's clothes!

And Mr. Deeds was OK, nothing special, but not that bad. Hollyoaks is great though

Emma said...

Hey, Clara, I just checked my sitemeter, are you from the Netherlands??


Katie, Harry, MSN please!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Punch-Drunk Love.

But Mr. Deeds... meh.

I like Happy Gilmore too.

J.D. Judge said...

THANK YOU!! I'm glad someone else ACTUALLY loved it! Wow!

golden_hawk said...

Aw, she looks so pretty in that photo. And, well, I like this film too!

The Traipsing Gypsy said...

I liked Mr Deeds too.

Oh yeah! We beat the Mancs!

Thank God it did not go into penalties. I would've just died.

I like that pic of Jose. HOTNESS defined =)

Now I shall cheer for Crouchy in the Champions League!

Good luck with revision!

Emma said...

@ TGG: Yay! We rock!

Cristiano, "best player in the world"?? LMFAO!!!

I'll support Crouch as always, but I'll probably be wishing for an AC Milan win. And I can't watch the match. :(

Mrs Fashion said...

Wild Boys is one of my favourite songs ever!
Mrs F x

Mrs Fashion said...

Wild Boys is one of my favourite songs ever!
Mrs F x

Jose said...

Wow, you actually have a great argument to defend a film most people hate. I'm one of them, but I agree with you in Sandler's nice guy qualities. After all, this was the very spirit that filled most of Capra's work.

The Traipsing Gypsy said...

Cristiano is so overrated. *yawns*

Didier's the best player for me (I could be slightly biased here).

You're not supporting Liverpool? I don't know who to support either. Some tell me support Milan for Kaka's sake, my mates tell me to support Liverpool, for Crouchy's sake.

Darn it. And I can't watch either.

Katie said...

You're not on MSN at the moment, Ems, and all I have to say is...

Mechanics is shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry W said...

English tomorrow, I'm scared.

RC said...

nothing better than the idea of writing greating cards for a living!

I would love that job.

Martín said...

I liked Mr. Deeds. I don't think it's great or anything, but it's a pretty decent comedy.

Can I participate in the blogathon? I'm thinking Haley Joel Osment in A.I. or Johny Depp in either Ed Wood or Edward Scissorhands...

Woodstock said...

though your arguments make a lot of sense, i still hate it. i haven't seen capra's movie yet, but i've seen sandler's enough to really doesn't like it. lol

Eegah said...

Hah...I love Mr. Deeds too. Mostly cos Noni's so blonde and pretty though...her...grandfather was in...ABBA XD

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