Sunday, September 12, 2021

Looking for an Entertaining Comedy-Drama Movie to Watch? - Check This One Out

Are You Looking for a Comedy-Drama Movie to Watch


I've recently become a Netflix junkie. 

In the past thirty days, I've watched more movies than I have in one year.

After scrolling past "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" for several weeks, I decided to give it a try.

I prefer movies with skilled, famous actors or actresses. Where'd You Go, Bernadette stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, and Kristen Wiig, so it passed my initial talent hurdle. There are additional small acting appearances by other well-known artists.

Based on the 2012 Hit Novel, Where'd You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple

As usual, according to multiple online reviews, the general consensus is that the novel was better, and the movie missed the mark.

However, I haven't read the novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

The Movie - Released August 2019 as a Comedy-Drama

Bernadette Fox, played by Cate Blanchett, is a renowned Architect, who after experiencing a professional embarrassment on a very public project, decides to retreat into her family. Leaving her profession 'hanging' is one of the main reasons she begins to lose her grip on life. She settles into a reclusive existence with little to no patience for anyone other than her daughter and husband.

When the movie starts, you don't get the feeling Bernadette isn't "all there." That part of the movie builds in stages through a series of dramatic incidents. At first, you're thinking, "ok, she's normal; she simply lacks tolerance." However, as the movie progresses, you learn, "nope, there's more to this story than meets the eye," 

The Comedic Aspect of the Film

Although the movie highlights the seriousness of mental illness, it manages to do it with some humor. Personally speaking, I appreciated that approach. I wasn't looking for a movie about the absolute seriousness of the human condition. I was able to get more out of this film by the way they approached this topic. After all, the movie is billed as a comedy-drama, so that's what I was expecting, and that's what it delivered.

My Favorite Line - It Essentially Sums Up the Movie

Laurence Fishburne has a small but substantial role in the movie. As soon as he delivered this line to Bernadette, I immediately understood why Bernadette lost herself:

"...People like you must create. That's what you were brought into this world to do, Bernadette. If you don't, you become a menace to society."

That line made me want to go out and fix people! Lol. I know a few people this applies to! I personally understand it as well; when I'm not creating, I'm lost. I hadn't really thought of it that way, but yes, there's some truth to the menace aspect.

There's much more to this story. If you're looking for a fun, where-the-heck-is-this-movie-heading plot, you'll enjoy this one. 

Personally Speaking - Here are the Words I'd Use to Describe this Film

  • Quirky
  • Funny
  • Family
  • Artists
  • Love
  • Neglect
  • Mother Daughter
  • Distance
  • Absurd
  • Hopeful
  • Healing
  • Bizarre
  • Serious but Light
Movie Preview - If you're viewing via mobile, you can see the trailer directly on YouTube here.






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7 comments:

  1. Barbara, I read the book years ago and really enjoyed it. It was a bit odd, and the humor, while definitely there, was way more subtle than the in the movie, based on the trailer you shared. It seems like the movie may be more entertaining and less dramatic or thought provoking than the novel, and that both could be satisfying in their own way, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Thanks for sharing your review. There are definitely times I wish we had Netflix!

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    1. Margaret, you nailed it. The movie is fairly 'light' and sounds like it was more focused on the humorous aspect than the book - Like you said, if you're in the mood for something a little more on the less serious side, this is a good choice. The trailer highlights the passion side of Bernadette as it relates to the career she walked away from - and after viewing that trailer, I thought yes, I should have highlighted that aspect a bit more in this short review. I really enjoyed it (wasn't expecting to!)

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  2. I think there are times that we could all use a break from our own lives and enjoy a quirky, fun comedy movie that isn't too silly. This sounds like the perfect escape for a few hours! Thanks for this great suggestion & review.

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    1. I also watched the comedy "Chef" last night - that was also very good - funny - light!

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  3. Sounds like I need to get back on the Netflix bandwagon. We gave it up a while ago, but, many of the movies I am hearing about are only on Netflix. This sounds like one I would enjoy for sure. Thanks Barbara!

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    1. Olivia, I enjoyed it - nice, fairly light movie for an evening

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  4. There are certainly times when it is lovely to just have a good film to watch and relax with that has humour and is lighter in tone but not crazy silly. I think this would be a good one to watch . Thank you for this recommendation.

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