A Life Less Ordinary
I think all of us have experienced the danger... of falling in love. Well Robert and Celine are no different. Like any classic love story Robert is mucking at the bottom of the food chain while out of his league Celine, the rich and beautiful, is looking for something more in life. Fortunately for her Robert's girlfriend drops the axe, he's evicted, and replaced by robots at work. At the end of his rope Robert strolls into Celine's father office demanding his job back. Things get out of hand and Robert's life snowballs out of control kidnapping Celine and surprisingly shooting her father in the leg.

Meanwhile in heaven two celestial cops are assigned to the task of making Celine and Robert fall in love. With the increasing divorce rate in our society God has had enough and enforces "do or die". If the Angels can't create true love then they will forever be banned from heaven.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Delroy Lindo, Dan Hedaya, Holly Hunter, and Ian Holm. The movie becomes a topsy turving action packed romantic comedy from the directer of Trainspotting, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later.

The highlight of this film for me is Boyle's poetic eye. He is one of my favorite visual directors. I love his style, music, and mood of his films. I would say this is one of the more lighthearted of his projects but definitely not lacking his distinctive edge.

I'm not an avid fan of McGregor but I admit I love his early work with Boyle. Shallow Grave and Trainspotting I definitely think are his best performances. It was hit or miss with Diaz. Ever since accidentally walking in on her running through the snow in The Holiday I've had a bad taste in my mouth. In most of the scenes her sexy stride and piercing eyes hold strong for her character. Some scenes though I was brutally reminded of that super lame scene with Jude Law.

I wasn't a big fan of the celestial angel angle to the movie. Typically I'm a fan of the subtle supernatural or other worldly edge. In "Ordinary" it felt forced, rough, and awkward. I think this aspect was crucial to the story but just not carried out with the execution that allows you to suspend your beliefs and accept the story. Holly Hunter was annoyingly over the top but Delroy balances the duo making it a bit more bearable. There's a great scene where he plays black jack with a gagged Diaz.

I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing experience and despite its faults it's still an early accomplishment of Boyle's. Like I have said, pay close attention to the camera. As always Boyle puts the camera within the eye of the poet.

Reviewed by: shea