I haven’t watched anything good and new recently. I have to watch the last Harry Potter movie but am going to give it a few weeks before I do that! “No Strings Attached” seemed like a light, refreshing romantic fare – I remember reading some good reviews when it came out so we decided to rent it out of a Red Box. By the way I think with Netflix doubling their fees, some of my DVD rental consumption is going to Red Box. Anyway, when No Strings Attached was released, Natalie Portman was already riding high on the success of her performance of Black Swan and predictably everyone was going gaga over her role in this movie. Six months after, it doesn’t look so hot.
Let’s talk about the story line – two people who have some sort of unspoken attraction keep bumping into each other and finally hook up for “no strings attached” sex with an agreement that if one of them falls in love they will just end their arrangement. Not exactly unpredictable – but to be honest you watch these movies for the comfort in the predictability.
However, as the plot is not exactly new, as a viewer you are really counting on the performances and the unique interpretation of the storyline for the movie to sail through. It’s a funny movie with some laugh out loud moments and random deadpan jokes which I have noticed are now defining humor on television and movies. “No Strings Attached” is basically Ashton Kutcher territory – he does these rom-com roles convincingly and well, he is super cute. It’s Natalie Portman who I had to get used to – and don’t get me wrong, I have been her fan since Garden State days. It’s just that some actresses are rom-com gold – Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, even maybe, Katherine Heigl now. They fit these clichéd roles and make them fun if not interesting. Natalie Portman does bring with her character a level of gravity which turns the funny scenes endearing and real but not funny. She obviously acts well, but I felt that she needed to loosen up a bit. Or I could just be reading the character wrong.
However, Kutcher and Portman had good chemistry and that is basically what makes the movie really watchable. Nothing groundbreaking, but a nice once time watch!