Monday, March 10, 2008

What I did over the Weekend

Was it just me, or did other people forget about the time change this past weekend? I woke up yesterday thinking it was 8 o'clock in the morning only to find out it was actually 9! Thank god my DVR and DVD player update themselves otherwise I might never have figured it out. As it is, I had a bit of a headache from sleeping too long. Does anyone else get those?

Well, we had a bit of a monsoon Friday and Saturday here in New York. My JCrew wellies came in handy, plus they were tres cute. They're navy blue with white polka dots and hot pink trim. Very kicky for jumping over puddles.

When I left my dance class on Friday night, after sweating for an hour doing the samba, I headed off to see a delightful new movie called Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. If you like the movie Cold Comfort Fam by Stella Gibbons that was made into a movie years ago with Kate Beckinsale, you will love this film. It's just delightful. It reminded me of those old screwball comedies of the 30's before the Production Code took over and everyone had to be all moral and stuff.

Frances McDormand plays Guinevere Pettigrew, a governess who is down on her luck after being fired from yet another job. The employment agency is reluctant to give her another assignment so she finagles her way into a job with Deylssia LaFosse, an American actress/singer who has not one, not two, but three lovers that she's trying to juggle including Michael, a pianist who is madly in love with her and wants to marry her, but of course he's broke. Miss Pettigrew straightens everything out and in the end, gets her own happy ending.

I loved this film! Frances McDorman was wonderful and Amy Adams was amazing. The great thing about this movie was that I could totally see it as a Broadway musical. I'm surprised that no one has tried to adapt it for the stage before this. All it needs is a composer/lyricist who is familiar with 1930's musicals.

Also this movie had Ciaran Hinds whom I adore, and have ever since I saw Persuasion in the cinema. Lee Pace, from Pushing Daisies, showed another side of his persona as an actor. I forgot to mention the absolutely glamorous Art Deco apartment that Delyssia lives in that is to die for, or the yummy costumes that she gets to wear.

All in all, I highly recommed this movie.



Kwana said...

Oh I want to go see it for sure now.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Go, Kwana. I don't know if it's playing up where you are, but if you're ever in the city, say after the April meeting, you should grab Jeanine and Jen and go see it.