Directed by: CAMERON CROWE
BLOOM, KIRSTEN DUNST, SUSAN SARANDON
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Short: Cameron Crowe's tale of a down-trodden
man's journey to his hometown and the perky
flight attendant who cheers him up, is cute
as long as you don't think about it too much.
No Place Like Home
Baylor” sort of rhymes with “failure,”
and that’s what Orlando Bloom sort of plays in this
film. Zippy and creative, he starts the movie as a sneaker
executive who has just cost his company a billion dollars.
Stricken with shame, he tosses his belongings out on the
curb and is about to commit a rather painful (though ingenious)
form of suicide, when he gets a call that his father has
On the red-eye to his ancestral town of Elizabethtown,
Kentucky, a chirpy, kooky flight attendant named Claire
(Kirsten Dunst) makes it her mission to change his world
with a brew of pop-psych insights, adorable winks and
is: we didn’t buy it for a second. It strains credulity
to think that Drew, in his state, would allow himself
to be programmed by an all-too-eager stranger, even if
she does look like Kirsten Dunst. The rest of the movie
is a series of set pieces and quick-cuts that don’t
add up to much. About the only thing that seems real is
the extended family in the land of Colonel Sanders. We
that said, “Elizabethtown” and its stars look
and sound fabulous, which means that it will probably
do brilliant box office. Bloom’s face expresses
all the emotions from puppy to guppy—here he’s
laughing, there he’s dancing waving one hand in
the air—and Dunst is his female equivalent. John
Toll’s cinematography creates a lush mosaic, and
once again Crowe has lived up to his reputation for some
of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks.
although parts of “Elizabethtown” have stuck
with us, the experience was ultimately confounding. Think
of it as a fantasy, and you’ll probably love it.
Think any deeper, and you’re bound to ponder the
definition of “failure” yourself.