Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Proposal. B-

There's a scene in 'The Proposal' in which an eagle swoops down from a tree and starts to carry off an adorable little white dog named Kevin. Based on my calculations, that's really the only truly original scene in the movie. Everything else we've seen in some form or fashion before. And then of course the outcome of the story is predictable and preposterous beyond measure. But so was 'His Girl Friday,' and no seems to be scoffing that for its far-fetched story and conclusion. 'The Proposal' simply follows the tradition of the most classic screwball romantic comedies. Its trajectory is obvious, but it doesn't really matter. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are a fine on-screen couple, and though not as great Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, they come surprisingly close. Bullock especially shines as the editor from hell turned reluctant bride. The movie works best when it takes advantage of awkward situations. If you know the story, then you know that when everyone wants to know how Reynolds proposed to Bullock, a perfect comedic situation is created. There are other scenes that were also very amusing due to the central characters' little secret. Unfortunately, the movie also seemed to be trying to fill in some empty gaps before the wedding with wildly over-the-top comedy. That completely random Indian dance scene was stupid and simply made the film drag. But in the end, the movie is a good, and if not great, certainly entertaining.

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