Franz Patrick - wrote on 08/12/08
I didn’t know what to expect coming into this film. I heard from a friend that there were a lot of drama here so I decided to rent it. Plus, the trailers looked very promising. I’ve always wanted to see Scarlett Johansson go head-to-head with Natalie Portman because I see a lot of similarities with both actresses. Both of them delivered even though their characters are two polar opposites. I heard that the story is not necessarily accurate but I didn’t care because it was entertaining. It’s like watching a season finale of “One Tree Hill,” “The O.C.” or “Gossip Girl” when things are revealed in very dramatic ways and the characters (both good and bad) ultimately deserve what they get. I must commend Portman for being deliciously evil here because I’ve always seen her as a nice leading lady in movies. As for Johansson, I’ve always thought that she acts the same in every movie but she offers a different kind of tenderness here. I liked pretty much everything about this movie but I can’t quite give it four stars because the middle portion felt a little bit too long. Still, the supporting characters are interesting (such as Jim Sturgess), the costumes were grand, and I was constantly curious on what would happen next so I will recommend it to anyone who loves drama.