The Intouchables

I just saw The Intouchables yesterday and absolutely LOVED it. I’m not usually one to sit through movies with subtitles, but I did not want this movie to end. It’s based on a true story of a friendship between a quadriplegic millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy aka Driss). Driss and Francois meet when Omar is applying for a job as Francois’s caretaker, just so he can get credit for unemployment. Francois is attracted to his honesty and lack of pity and offers him the job.

Some might liken it to “Driving Miss Daisy” but I found it to be much more fulfilling. I know there are so many movies out there about “unlikely friendships”, but I was so drawn to this story. I loved their relationship. Whereas many might find the storyline depressing, I found it uplifting and a wonderful balance between pulling at my heartstrings and making me laugh out loud. Driss is so refreshingly blunt, and it’s obvious that is what Francois needs.

One of my favorite scenes was when Driss went to an opera for the first time…dressed in jeans to boot. His reaction was priceless and his laughter infectious.

I don’t feel that the movie perpetuated stereotypes as many others have written. I found the differences between their personalities to be the backbone of the movie. They each fulfilled something that was missing in their counterpart. They built each other up and didn’t take advantage of weaknesses. It was a genuine friendship.

I highly recommend this movie! I can’t wait to see it again.

Books and their movies

“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J.W. Eagan.

SoCover of "The Kite Runner" what is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? I would have to go with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I think the writers and directors did a really good job of capturing the essence of the book without losing too much of its plot. The movie evoked a lot of the same emotions for me that the book did. I would love to see the move adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author. Patiently waiting…

Now, with the good I have to ask about the bad. What book did you love that bombed as a movie? Even thought The Twilight movies got better as they progressed, the first one left me wanting to tear my eyes out. The acting was atrocious. Robert Pattison looked more constipated than the love-struck vampire he was supposed to be portraying. Luckily I read all the books before I watched the movies. If it had been the other way around, I’m not sure I would have stuck it out.

Are you with the half of the population that is going to be waiting for the Fifty Shadesmovies? I must say, I am curious to see how they are going to pull that one off…they might have to bypass the theaters and go straight to Skinemax.