Today I finally made it to the cinema for the first time since before Christmas. Yay!!! :-))))))))))))) I've been trying to get someone (anyone) to go with me, but there's always something that screws up our plans at the last minute, or we can't make our busy diaries match. Yoga classes, work, studying, husbands and lovers, or just plain lack of effort have sabotaged several attempts of organising cinema trips over the last month. So this morning, on my way to work, I thought - why not just go tonight? It's not like I had anything more important to do. As soon as I arrived at work (only 10 minutes late - the boss almost had a heart attack) I logged on to the cinema website, checked the performances and picked the one that was most convenient, the 18:15 Music and Lyrics, with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. I've been wanting to see The Last King of Scotland but it was on too late. I'd have to go home first, and the chances of going out once I've returned home from work, especially if I'm not meeting anyone, are so slim as to be negligible. I figured I'd better play it safe with Music and Lyrics.
I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked it. Not that I've actually disliked any of Hugh Grant's other romantic comedies, but still. The sure sign of a good movie is when it finishes without me wondering how long it's got yet (I have a low boredom threshold). Well, tonight I didn't look at my watch once.
Drew Barrimore was quirky and very very sweet, Hugh Grant was super cool, if a bit creased in the face (has he not heard of Crème de la Mer? Or glycolic peels? I mean, really, he needs the help). From a distance, however, all you see is his totally fab body. There are lots of dance shots that are, like, phoarrrr!! and the singing's not bad either. In fact, the soundtrack's pretty impressive. I hadn't realised that Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore did all their own singing in the film, but they did, and boy are they good! Some of the songs would make brilliant party tracks - Pop! Goes My Heart is totally catchy and Way Back Into Love is soooo sweet. The video clips will be a scream if they're released. They're ridiculously funny, in a cheesy 80's/Wham kind of way.
Music and Lyrics is a feel-good movie. Easy on the eye, pleasant to the ear, funny, heart-warming and entertaining. There are much worse ways to spend a couple of hours on a rainy Wednesday evening. If you're looking for a nice romantic movie this weekend, I recommend it wholeheartedly.