2009年7月26日

《The Proposal 求婚的惡魔》: (笑爆兼浪漫)愛情故事總是突然發生...

Sandra Bullock一洗毒藥之名, 今年暑假夥拍Mr. Johansson - Ryan Reynolds的愛情喜劇《The Proposal 求婚的惡魔》在美國6月上映以來爆出小冷有過億票房, 香港則要等到9月10日才上映。

看Rotten Tomatoes的評價, 影評人對《The Proposal》反應麻麻, 觀眾用家卻是以大比數讚多於彈。電影是商業愛情片, 成功對準target customers, 賺了掌聲與票房。

以電影論, 《The Proposal》沒有什麼特別過人之處, 能贏得觀眾歡心, 我想是兩個不應戀愛的孤男寡女弄假成真的過程, 有笑有狂笑之外, 辦工室政治及家庭溫暖亦佔了故事一定比重。有數個情節看得我熱血衝心, 差點掉下感動之淚。

電影公司把《The Proposal》譯作《求婚的惡魔》, 相信是因為Sandra Bullock飾演的角色Margaret Tate在出版社是神憎鬼厭的女波士, 她走過辦工室之時總有人通風報信女巫要出巡。這一段像極《The Devil Wears Prada》


Ryan Reynolds演女魔頭的助手Andrew Paxton, 為老細買咖排打點一切被呼來喚去, 甘心作虜作婢其實也夢想有一天可以獨當一面創一番事業。某天加拿大藉的Margaret因簽証問題要被遺返原國, 不能再在出版社工作, Margeret靈機一觸, 威迫利誘老屈Andrew要跟她結婚以得到居留權, Andrew為了自己事業也無奈就範造假結婚, 又因誤打誤撞下兩人要一同返回Andrew在阿拉斯卡Sitka的老家為90歲祖母慶生日, 兩人亦順道做戲做全套......

故事大部份情節發生在山優水澄的Sitka(麻省取景扮假), 民風純樸熱情, 尤其是Andrew的祖母媽媽舊女友等半百親友相聚一刻, 很多處景笑料非常熱鬧。

人潔地靈, 孤男寡女會發生什麼事也不用多猜...... 雖是緊密關係的上司下屬共事三年, 其實雙方的內心、經歷, 理想等等, 也需要天時地利人和的配合才得以細緻的交流。就是內心隱隱愛意萌芽, 也還要渡過不少難關。

Sandra Bullock狀態回勇。現年已40有5, 演惡魔波士有氣有勢, 穿著高跟鞋拿著名牌旅行喼走到樸素生活世界又能演出突出喜劇感......還要(幾乎)正面全裸上陣增添狂笑元素。演最拿手的愛情喜劇最能力保不失, Sandra Bullock又再次返生!


而演出首部擔正又叫座之作的Ryan Reynolds(Hottie of the day), 原來喜劇感也爆棚。單靠純情眼神的眼仔碌碌也能多次引人發笑, 感情戲部份也完全流露出有理想有孝心的好仔情哥王子feel。《The Proposal》的成功好看, 很大元素跟Ryan Reynolds內外兼備的表現是切不開的。他跟嬌妻Scarlett Johansson真是天造的一對。郎才女貌, 襯絶!

據說在《X-Men Origins: Wolverine》中只出現數幕的Deadpool, 將會重返2011年角色擔正之作《Deadpool》。演Deadpool的當然是"Entertainment Weekly"的Top of "The Must List 2009"的Ryan Reynolds再斬三兩。


奧斯卡金像獎得主Mary Steenburgen演好玩的媽媽也好, 論搶鏡則完全給Betty White的Grandma Annie蓋了風頭, 還穿起印第安土著服飾跳"品神舞", 笑爆。

雖然只是短短三場戲, 又是Sitka之寶脫衣舞男, 又是雜貨店職員, 又是婚禮主持人, 拉丁裔的Oscar Nuñez飾演"ere-a-eme-o-ene"也是極度爆笑。


飾演Andrew高中時代前女友的Gertrude的Malin Akerman, 即是《Watchmen》中的Jupiter二世。淡粧演出下, 引領著好男好女走向美滿, 角色討好演出亦自然。一連演出兩部賣座片, Malin Akerman可能也是另一顆明日之星。

要數缺點, 《The Proposal》當然不少, 主要集中在戲情犯駁之處。But who cares.......

溫馨提示一則: 字幕滾動時還有笑爆片段。

《The Proposal》總評分
導演:23/30
劇本:15/20
演員:16/20
美術:8/10
技術:8/10
音樂:8/10

總分:77


延伸閱讀:
- Hottie of the day: Innocent Eyes... Ryan Reynolds

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8 則留言:

Agnes艾麗絲謝 說...

Sandra Bullock輸蝕在不是演技派, 但有種單身女人 (她本人不是) 的自嘲幽默. Miss Congenality的對白便很腰心腰肺.

姊弟戀, SB都拍過, 跟Ben Affleck的Force Nature. 但不覺有何吸引.

Donald Kwan 說...

AGNES:

"Forces of Nature"我也看過, 覺ok得意, 但不算特別. "The Proposal"有點不同, 在於一個是ben Affleck一個是Ryan Reynolds..HEHE.

ZO 說...

聽起來有點像Renée Zellweger的New in Town,都是女強人到鄉下愛上王子!?

Sandra Bullock愛情戲只看過lake house~~拍KR好顯老喔..=P

shangri_la 說...

> 論搶鏡則完全給Betty White的Grandma
> Annie蓋了風頭

I'm so glad you mentioned Betty White. As an avid "Golden Girls" fan, I wouldn't pass up any opportunity to drum up my favorite show. I know many of the, how should I say it, "less seasoned" audience in Hong Kong would think "Sex and the City" is the ultimate gift to gay population. However, if you Google on both shows together, you would find quite a sizeable people would tell you as a show "SATC" hardly breaks new ground because of "Golden Girls" which debuted almost twenty years ahead of "SATC". In fact it was "Golden Girls" that paved the way for all-woman female bonding shows like "Designing Women" and "Desperate Housewives" and there are more than a few people who think "SATC" is just a rip-off of "Golden Girls".

I didn't watch enough "SATC" to give my verdict but one thing I can say for sure: of the two "Golden Girls" has better actresses and chemistry in the cast. In fact, I dare say any one of the "girls" will trump all four hags in "SATC" combined, if only you have the chance to watch the show. Even to these days "Golden Girls" still have a very strong following in rerun among college girls, quite an amazing feat when you consider many of them were not even born when the show went off the air.

Sadly, two of the four "girls", Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, has passed away within the last twelve months. Betty has turned 87 this year and even Rue McClanahan, the youngest one, is over 75. There won't have too many chances left to see any one of them perform.

One final note, I notice that you are rather fond of the movie "Torch Song Trilogy" and particularly the mother part played by Anne Bancroft. Do you know that before it was made into a movie, it was an off-Broadway success and the mother part was originated by Estelle Getty before she made it big with "Golden Girls"? That is also what "Golden Girls" had such an "instant" gay following when it debuted in 1985

Donald Kwan 說...

ZO:

那妳可以補看While You Were Sleeping, 那是她鄰家女孩的走紅之作啊. 不俗.

Donald Kwan 說...

shangri_la:

原來Betty White背後有那麼多事蹟, 真的不知道耶...

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