July 1, 2012 1 Comment
I often don’t review or see “chick flicks” during my ongoing movie consumption. The genre that is defined by girl power moments of clarity through the lens of some failed relationship, family issues, or generally dealing with overly heavy emotional sequences designed to cleanse the soul. I sometimes view them as formulaic and going through the motions of a drama. The woman falls out of a relationship, does some individual soul searching, has a moment of clarity with her best gal friend and then falls back into the arms of the relationship or forges on with her as a strong woman. There are films that make this work and end up being good, but a lot of times it seems shallow and satiates the base part of our enjoyment. It is supposed to build you up and pat you on the back, telling you it all works out with a little crying and comfort. The struggles are internal and doesn’t feel worldly, just superficial. I guess what I am getting at is that today’s film is a different sort of film altogether. Emily Blunt and Amy Adams struggle with what they view as a fractured and failed past, all the while trying hard to forge their future for the better. All this is done from the perspective as a pair of crime scene cleaners. It’s like CSI for Lifetime.