Sunday, July 06, 2008
I'd heard a lot of good things about this movie, but I was a little disappointed. A midwife (Naomi Watts) gets involved with a baby she helps deliver when the mother dies. The mother leaves behind a diary written in Russian, and Watts's uncle (who's Russian) refuses to translate it. Watts takes it to a restaurant where the kindly owner agrees to do the job. I knew instantly that the kindly owner was the typical cliched mob godfather. He plays the violin (not very well) and seems to be a sweet old man, but he's really a cold-blooded killer and gangster. His son is the typical nutty incompetent. The movie plays out pretty much as I expected it to, but I won't tell you what else I knew instantly lest I spoil things for you. I liked Viggo Mortensen's performance, and while Judy no doubt appreciated the frontal nudity of the bathhouse beat-down, she found the movie too violent for her tastes (she won't be reading Savage Night; see below). While I thought the movie was okay, I wouldn't recommend that you see it immediately (which is what someone recommended to me).
Have I used my weekly allotment of parentheses yet?