The Good Girl
Release Date: August 7th, 2002
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Written by: Mike White
Starring: Jennifer Aniston & Jake Gyllenhaal
“The Good Girl” isn’t good, it isn’t great; it’s raw, riveting, and real. I know most people go to movies for an escape but the bleakness of the film is what makes it so powerfully moving. Aniston shines as the depressed wife yearning to break free from her monotonous prison, and really needs to take more of these edgier roles. Gyllenhaal and his piercing eyes break your heart as mentally unbalanced Holden. The cautious beautiful score enhances the simple yet provocative script all set against understated rural cinematography. This is the definition of an underrated gem.
(Meant to post this last week but darn technology malfunction)
Release date: July 31st, 1998
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Written by: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, & Rick Parks
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
I’m a huge fan of classic stories with a twist, and this reimagining of Cinderella has become an instant favorite. The chemistry between Barrymore and Scott is sweet and believable, but they are both no match for Huston’s portrayal of the wicked stepmother, a truly brilliant and underrated performance. The entire supporting cast entertains, doing justice to a clever script that creates realistic nuanced relationships between its characters. The whole script is wonderfully paced, nothing rushed or prolonged, every moment adds to the story. The score is whimsy and light-hearted through but intense and vibrant when needed. If you are looking for a fun reinvented fairytale with a strong feisty female lead, Ever After is it.