After causing the Oregon shoe company he works for to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, Drew Baylor is fired for his mistake and promptly also dumped by his girlfriend Ellen. On the verge of suicide, Drew is oddly given a new purpose in life when he is brought back to his family's small Kentucky hometown of Elizabethtown following the death of his father Mitch as it falls to him to make sure that his dying wishes are fulfilled. On the way home Drew conveniently meets a flight attendant Claire Colburn, with whom he falls in love in a romance that even more conveniently helps his life get back on track. Wouldn't it be nice if real life was that convenient?
Several star's grace the screen as we see Susan Surandon, Orlando Bloom, and Kirsten Dunst try and take us on an emotional journey about love, family, and life's little surprises. Orlando plays the part of a young man who's shoe company is down the tubes..his girlfriend has dumped him, and then the worst happens, his father dies. While on a late night flight, Orlando meets a flight attendant on a plane (Dunst) who seems to show innocent but keen interest in the passenger. Soon they are communicating off and on as he tries to deal with his father's funeral, and figure out where his life is going. In the movie, it all takes him to Elizabethtown, though it sometimes seem's we as the viewers were stuck somewhere else..
THE GOOD: This movie does have it's funny parts, a lot of humor, though it's not saturated in it. Quirky one liners galore. Was fun to see the road trip book that He followed through with, though it just shows more and more how much of a game she was playing.
THE BAD: No matter how much they tried, you couldn't really feel the emotion of this movie, the death of his dad, a sudden possible romance...the actors are great but their characters in general just were not cohesive enough to make it quite believable, or to make the viewer really care what happened.
THE UGLY: Extremely disconnected. A thousand different sub-plot's that don't add up, or contribute to the story saturate the screen. Again, romance is replaced by cell phone games. The scene where Susan Sarandon is dancing at the funeral is supposed to be one of heartfelt joy and a touching moment, but fails to deliver. In the end this is really a poorly executed movie in terms of the messages it's trying to present. It could have been great, what it was was something mediocre that will soon fall back into the vaults of thousands of other underachieving movies just like it, never to be seen again...
Elizabethtown is a poignent love story starring Kirsten Dunst. As usual she plays the role of the odd, slightly rebellious woman well. This movie is a love story, about unrequited love and young love. It was a good movie, slightly slow in parts but all in all worth a watch. I would recomend this movie.
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