Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Movie Screening: Paper Heart Review

Last Thursday I had the chance to screen another film thanks to the beau winning tickets. The name of the movie was Paper Heart which is half fiction and half documentary. It is about a girl named Charlyne Yi (played by herself) who doesn't really believe in or understand love and thinks that she might be incapable of falling in, or being in love. In order to find out more about love Charlyne sets out to make a documentary with her friend Nick (played by Jake M. Johnson) who is also the director of the movie in the movie . Charlyne and Nick go across country interviewing real life couples who had been married for 50 years or more and asked them how they met and fell in love. While the couples are telling their stories puppet sequences are used to illustrate the stories. And I must mention that all of the puppets were handmade by Charlyne-gotta give it up to a fellow crafter. Charlyne also interviews actors, bikers, wedding chapel coordinators, kids, etc... about their views on love and the scene with the kids is particularly funny. During the making of the documentary Charlyne starts to fall for Michael Cera (played by himself) and Nick wants to make the development of their relationship a part of the documentary.

Overall I really enjoyed this film. It was quite funny and not forced but naturally funny. I would say it was quirky but I am starting to dislike that word due to over usage (along with the word swag). I thought the match up of Charlyne and Michael was perfect-they both have this way of being totally goofy, awkward, funny, and loveable. I give this movie 2 thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone who loves offbeat, indies. It opens in select theaters on August 7th. Go See.

I almost forgot to mention the Q&A! After the movie Charlyne and Jake M. Johnson made an appearance at the theater and there was a Q&A that lasted for about 20 minutes. It was cool to see them in person and hear their stories about where the concept of the movie came from and the process of making it. They also talked about some of the scenes that did not make the final cut. It was a fun time.

Paper Heart Trailer