Movie: Forces of Nature.
PG13, sexual content
Starring: Sandra Bullock
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writer: Marc Lawrence
Producers: Susan Arnold
Donna Arkoff Roth
In a film about two lovers destined for each other, writer Marc
Lawrence uses a cooky twist to move the plot along in this
fun romantic comedy. The film starts with Ben having two days to
get from New York City to Savannah for his wedding. Things
are smooth sailing as he meets an intriguing woman on board.
Sarah's (Sandra Bullock) smart, but a little strange as
they're relationship launches. However, as things begin to
prgress, the flight just happens to have some technical
difficulties and Ben (Affleck) ends up saving this lovely,
wierd girl, who's overwhelmingly greatful. As a result,
she becomes his faithful companion in traveling south for
his wedding. As things unfold however, Sarah and Ben grow
rather close, and they suddenly find themselves sharing
mutual feelings of lust, and love.
In this unbelievably realistic romantic comedy about
two young adults discovering the magnitude of true love,
we're taken on a journey in which both Ben and Sarah
allow the forces of nature to do all the work. Although
this film was rather creatively produced, it's cooky, but
stylish. I really enjoyed it although I can make a slight
criticism that several scenes were a little off-base and could
have been approached differently. Nevertheless, Forces
of Nature provides an entertaining two hours. They also
did a really nice job in developing things, and the writers
used irony as tool to prevent this flick from being as
predictable as it could have been. And... there are the
stars of the show...
While I said in my pre-watch comments, I was eager to see
weather or not Sandra Bullock could actually pull off
being weird, she did it, and with style may I add! While
it's unexpected, but adds a lot to the plot, the writers
portrayed her with two marraiges, and a son. This
unexpected sub-plot explained a lot of how she acted,
and made us really understand her as a character. Sandra
did a superb job in making us feel for Sarah, and desire
her happiness. She also showed us through her uncaring
exterior that on the inside, she had some sense; the
kind of sense that a mother would have. In a scene that came
almost unexpectedly, but perfectly executed,
she comments "Ok Ben. So what do you really know about me?
You've known me for two days. TWO DAYS! And your willing
to scratch your wedding plans for that?" Although that quote may
be a little off, she said something to that extent and it
was brought on very sensibly. In several other gripping
scenes, you also see the depth of her character, and the
insecurities she posesses brought on by unavoidable life
experience. Overall, I applaud Sandra because quite
frankly, I didn't think she could pull it off. It's actually one of the first good, and
I mean actually good films that Sandra Bullock has made in
a while and I think she should be proud of it.
As for Ben Affleck, he too, did a nice job. While at times
you wanted to scream at him for being attracted to another
woman other than his fiance Bridgett, he presented his
character really nicely. You see his guilt, his pain,
and you can really understand that all the things that were
happening and his behavior as a result of it, was because
he was nervous; scared of taking that step of faithfulness.
He also brings off his character with class. Playing
a mild mannered typical Clark Kent nice guy, his preformance
really helps to explain his actions; he shows us that
his entire life has been picturesque, but all of the sudden,
things go hay-wire and he reacts based on the suffusion. All
in all, it's a solid preformance.
Generally speaking, Forces of Nature has it's own style, and
appeal. While the big names draw in the crowds, it's the
overall structure of the movie which makes it one to remember.
The cooky appeal, good acting, and interesting plot add much
to the experience and I highly recommend this nice teen flick.