Sunday, March 30, 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day


I wanted to post a bit about this movie I saw yesterday. It is absolutely the cause for a couple of the best hours I've spent in a movie theatre lately. A light, bubbly flick, with just a shadow of the ominous World War. It is one day in the life of a down-and-out woman who can't seem to hold a job--so instead, she steals one. And what a day it is for Miss Pettigrew.
Frances Mcdormand is perfect in the role as the dowdy 'social secretary' who happens into a fortunate day following the bubbly rising star, Delyssia, played by Amy Adams. Both women have equal screen time, and I can't decide who deserves more accolades, so I won't. They are both something to see.
And the men! Amy's character juggles three men in the course of the day, starting with the young ingenue Phil, a man who possesses perhaps the most gorgeous blue eyes I've seen in a while, then Nick, the slightly slimy man who's given Delyssia everything (and expects a lot in return), and the puppy-eyed Michael (played by the pieman from Pushing Daisies), the musician who only wants to spend his days with the starlet, poor as that would make them.
I found myself laughing a lot, and smiling widely most other times. Rarely does this movie settle down and get too muddled in the reality of the time period (war looming, literally overhead, as fighter planes skim over London). It is a wonderful fairy tale that I'm looking forward to seeing again soon.
Anyone else seen it?
M

5 comments:

lois greiman said...

I loved it!! Very fun! It's got that old-fashioned charm you so rarely see anymore.

Debra Dixon said...

Oh, I'm so glad you guys have seen this. I totally want to see it and was held housebound by the NCAA tournament this weekend (happily so)

But I really want to see this movie.

Thanks for the review!

Helen Brenna said...

Can't WAIT to see this. Two of my favorite actresses.

Mary Marvella said...

Looks like my kind of movie.

LaShaunda said...

Looks like my kind of movie too. I guess I'll have to wait until its on DVD.