Bride & Prejudice. OK, I think technically the film was made here. But still, the flavor...if you're like me and you've just been kind of "blah" so far in the new year, watch this movie. I just LOVED it. Please note--this is NOT the same as me saying it's a strong film. It was a poor adaptation of Jane Austin's "Pride & Prejudice," obviously, and pretty cheesey, and somewhat badly acted.
But, OH, the HAPPY!! I know that now if I ever make it to Delhi, I will be so disappointed that everyone isn't gorgeously and professionally coiffed and made up, dressed in bright, complementary colors, and bursting spontaneously into energetic song & dance numbers in the streets. I WANT MORE. Alex was dragged reluctantly into this one, needless to say, and moaned and groaned as the ending of the movie overlapped into the beginning of the Texas/USC game. But at the beginning, when the credits were rolling, and he spotted the name Aishwarya Rai, he perked up just a bit. It didn't mean anything to me, but Alex said, "You know, she's known as the most beautiful woman in the world."
Me: "Well, IS she?"
Alex: "Why, no...YOU are."
Me: "Seriously--I haven't seen her. IS she the most beautiful woman in the world?"
Alex: (answering a tad too quickly and enthusiastically) "Yeah."
I might have been upset, but pretty shortly this visage appeared on the screen. Kinda hard to argue at that point. Dang. This woman is just divinely beautiful. Turns out she was Miss World 1994, and the pride of India ever since. Justifiably so. But the best part--THE BEST PART (ARE YOU LISTENING, PAT AND MARGALIT?)--the best part is that a major role in the movie is played by Naveen Andrews, who you are most recently accustomed to seeing as the rugged, tough, ex-Iraqi Republican Guardsman on Lost: And what do you get to see Naveen doing within the first few moments of this movie? C'mon, guess. Assassinate someone? Rescue a damsel? Nooooooo. The best part of this movie is watching "Sayid" busting some mad Indian dance moves with a big, happy, dopey grin on his face! And he's GOOD at it! TOTALLY worth the price of rental, especially from Netflix. So, to sum up: Happy, singing, dancing, beautiful people in beautiful settings and beautiful clothes for two hours, and Naveen Anderson getting his groove on in a way that we will NEVER get to see on "Lost."
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