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Serendipity (2001)

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Commentary 1: Director Peter Chelsom Rating:7.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 7th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Director Peter Chelsom will always be known, in Holloywood circles, as the poor Brit who helmed "Town & Country" (2001). That Star-driven monstrosity that put New Line Hundreds of Millions of dollars in the Red. Sadly, this is not a commentary on that Trainwreck. Read "Fiasco" from 2005 for more details on "T & C." For this track, Chelsom kindly talks us through his comedic inspirations, and points out the slightly unconventional moves in (his words) a rather "conventional" movie. These moves include camera direction, acting choices by his stars, and use of time-lapse photography. There are some nice comments about Cusack and Jeremy Piven's "chemistry." What stands out to me is the mention of the extensive re-shooting between the 2 leads, due to lack of "comfort." I read this as a subtle hint to Beckinsale's lack of acting chops. There is no way Lloyd Dobler has ANY trouble nailing "chemistry" with a female co-lead. Decent track, soothing Northern english Accent. 6/10
Reviewed by Station51 on January 22nd, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Chelsom tries to give a well rounded commentary and succeeds brilliantly. He reveals some of the almost subliminal devices and tricks used as a subtext to the story. He slyly lets you in on some inside information without saying it outright but you 'get it' anyway. I really enjoyed his commentary which he treats like an expose.

Its a great movie with one flaw, the serendipity goes a bit too far at the end. I wished there had been a little mismatch in the final scenes with one of them knowing more instead of it just being fate doing its thing. Destiny is what this movie is about and thats all well and good but I'd like it to have been reigned in a bit and been more believable at certain moments or at least mundane. Magic moments are great and sometimes happen in life just not THIS much...ever. There is also earlier scenes with the female lead Sarah's habit of shutting down any opportunities because of her strict adherence to the metaphysical rules of fate which is borderline psychotic making tbe character almost unlikeable.

There's some choppy work done in the story and unanswered gaps here and there which he doesn't admit to or elaborate on. ( Where'd her friend go? At the end, where's her damn jacket? ). Also, too many devices. Jackets, gloves, scarfs, books, five dollar bills, etc. He actually doesn't critique the movie as a whole but does admit to enjoying the filming. An admirable job by the director to offer something well worth listening to for a fairly decent film.