AMY ADAMS   MATTHEW GOODE

LEAP YEAR

     Amy Adams appeared to be on a roll with her resume after charming mainstream audiences with Enchanted that followed up her surprising Oscar nomination for the indie film Junebug. Landing a role alongside Meryl Streep in Doubt was strong enough for her second Oscar nod. However her role as Julie Powell in Julie & Julia was like a traffic accident around a very sharp corner. Adams ruined half that film and followed it up with something even worse. Leap Year hit theaters in January because there was no other spot for the studio to stick it. It tanked commercially and critically. Whatever allure Adams started out with has since been lost. This is not the kind of screenplay or characters a two time Oscar nominee should be reading.

     After four years and their attempt at buying a dream home in Boston, Anna Brady (Adams) a punctual and predictable thirty something with marriage in her foresight, decides to take matters into her own hands and ask her boyfriend (Adam Scott) to marry her. Her excuse for doing something so irrational and out of characters is an old tradition in which the female proposes to the male on leap year. So Anna sets off to surprise her boyfriend at a cardiology conference he is attending in Dublin. However, storms, cows, unreliable cars and a man named Declan (Goode) slow her down to the point she is reconsidering aspects of her life including the man she has set out to marry.

     Besides being a predictable love story, Adams’ character Anna has a few things in common with her last Julie Powell; including but not limited to whining, drastic life changes, and stubbornness. Anna is the least challenging role we have seen from Adams, which could be attributed to many things, including Adams recent role as a mother and starting a family. Goode (A Single Man, Brideshead Revisited) is then forced to keep the film interesting. This is his first straight role in sometime and while the chemistry between he and Adams isn’t something to write home about, it has a few charming moments.

     The director behind this pointless film is Anand Tucker who also helmed Shopgirl which was terribly miscalculated. Leap Year has lazy written all over it and as it happens to often, an easy film that is expected to bank some profit delivers nothing to its audience. The only likely fans of this picture will be those just like the character Anna in the beginning of the film who like their stories to hit an expected mark; i.e. happy ending right around the 90 min mark.

     Final Thought – The trailer gives the viewer a two minutes run down of the entire film, nothing to see here but elaboration.

 

Grade C-

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Jennifer Gih