Elizabethtown (2005)

46.

★★

Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Written by: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon

We met through on-flight dating.

From the creator of Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown tells the heartwarming romance between flight attendant Claire Colburn (Dunst) and failed shoe designer, Drew Baylor (Bloom). After causing his company fall one billion dollars under, Drew loses everything that he has deemed valuable to the point where taking his life seems like the better option than hanging around to see his own demise printed in business magazines. But when his father unexpectedly dies from a heart attack in his hometown in Kentucky, Drew is sent to convince relatives that his father’s body should be brought back to California for burial. On his flight over he meets Claire, whose friendliness and quirky energy may be just the thing he needs to bounce back.

Juggling between Drew’s financial loss, personal loss and Orlando Bloom’s not-quite-there comedic acting, Elizabethtown spreads its emotional hook on too many different conflicts. And if we’re supposed to believe that losing a father and coming to terms with death is meant to draw parallels to letting go of one’s failed career, Elizabethtown most certainly treats both situations with a light hand.

Having said that, the changes that Drew experience from visiting his father’s hometown and becoming acquainted with Claire develop in a gradual process that is enjoyable to watch. His roadtrip through America’s southern states, and Claire’s consistent presence throughout his journey are sweet and uplifting. But with little given on Claire’s own personal conflicts (other than a few relationship problems), and how Drew has played an important role in her life, Elizabethtown gives the feeling of an unbalanced relationship that simply works out because one person happens to be a much better human being than the other. And that’s not why we go to the movies to see romances.

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