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Hmm, now that I’ve watched Mona Lisa Smile I’ve checked out critics. I usually always watch a movie before I read the reviews. Only if there’s no chance to avoid reading reviews before and if I’m pushed with my nose on reviews all the time, like it was with Gigli even before the movie was released, only then I hear what the critics have to say.

So I’ve checked out reviews now, and Mona Lisa Smile is getting quite bad ratings. And it’s again a movie of which I do not understand why it’s so disliked by the majority. I thought it was a very nice story, it was emotional, the acting was great, the dialogs were smart. It had its flaws and I got bored at times, but that was just because my concentration was lacking a bit. And you have to watch out and listen well to enjoy the movie, because this story really lives a lot on the dialogs.

And the title of the movie is chosen very well. It’s again about the question scientists have been wondering about all the time – is Mona Lisa happy, is she smiling in happiness or does she just seem happy, but isn’t so? And how were those students really feeling apart from what they seemed to be like living their life the way they’ve chosen to or been put into? Maybe one reason why many didn’t like it is, because the movie focuses a lot on gender roles and the position of women in society. It’s probably just a topic people like to avoid.

I also thought this had been one of the best movies of Julia Roberts in a while. I’ve always liked her since Pretty Woman, but she’s played lots of average roles in average movies over the past years. Mona Lisa Smile was great again and gave her a chance to show her charm and her talent as the actress she is.

Originally posted at Vacuity.

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  • http://calblog.com Justene

    I don’t think it’s a topic that people want to avoid so much as it just holds little appeal. I spent a long time at all-female environments like that in the movie. So for me, it was enjoyable because it was very familiar. I tended to have those kind of discussions about literature rather than art but other than that, it wasn’t much different. There’s little of that conversation that’s interesting to those not having it. The fact that it was set among the rich and privileged in the 50s further narrowed the appeal.

  • http://www.vacuity.de Michelle

    Yes, you may be right. I know several women that went to girls schools, and I thought they had had no trouble also and enjoyed it. I’m not questioning that.

    Though I guess the spectator of the movie probably mostly doesn’t want to care and think about that kind of issues addressed through this story. Which means of course, yes, the appeal was narrowed. Though if you care after all, you will like the story.

  • alec

    I had the chance to see the movie last night, I have heard the critis that said was a flat and plain boring movie so… i was waiting that.

    BUT the truth is I did enjoy this movie, I think that just by seeing how everyone choses live their own lives is interesting enough. some of the lines where great.

    and they did put a great effort in try to portrai the 50’s era, so Is a nice movie, that propably would have been a better if is not because at the end, we dont see nothing new.

    always some one is a bitch, someone is the ugly duck, someone is the perfect A sudent, someone is the slut, someone is the narrow minded man or cheater, and let’s not forget the Revolutionary that wants to change all that

  • alec

    I had the chance to see the movie last night, I have heard the critis that said was a flat and plain boring movie so… i was waiting that.

    BUT the truth is I did enjoy this movie, I think that just by seeing how everyone choses live their own lives is interesting enough. some of the lines where great.

    and they did put a great effort in try to portrai the 50’s era, so Is a nice movie, that propably would have been a better if is not because at the end, we dont see nothing new.

    always some one is a bitch, someone is the ugly duck, someone is the perfect A sudent, someone is the slut, someone is the narrow minded man or cheater, and let’s not forget the Revolutionary that wants to change all that.

    ALEC

  • MaryAshley

    I am personally a very, very big fan of Mona Lisa Smile. Movies don’t always need to be revolutionary to hit home, and this was a wonderful example. I’m not a huge womens-rights activist, I’m not from any sort of upper class society, I’m young, and I’ve never been to an all-girls school. The message is no less clear and I loved it. :)