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.