'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel was among the many film and TV stars that littered the proverbial red carpet at the FOX Upfront presentation held at The Beacon Theater in New York City. She was looking super pretty in a white peplum waist, long-sleeved dress with matching heels, minimal make-up and her hair in loose curls.
Fans of micro-budgeted British indies will probably love this offbeat semi-romantic drama, but the fact remains that the film is mopey and contrived, with performances that never quite ring true. That said, it's a nicely shot trip around London with a few beautifully artful sequences.
The plot follows two strangers around the city as they get to know each other. Maya (Jourdain) is clearly annoyed by life when she meets a pestering Cuban dancer, Oriel (Vargas). He has recognised that she's a dancer too, so sidles up to get some advice for a big audition he's attending later in the day. But she hasn't danced for three years, and it takes a lot for him to get her out of her shell. Eventually she follows him to Sadler's Wells to watch a performance, then to a dance class he's teaching. And as his audition approaches, she realises that the stakes are especially high for him, because he won't be able to renew his visa without this job.
It's an engaging enough story, especially as this odd couple travels all over London by every conceivable mode of transport - car, bus, train, boat, bicycle. Jourdain and Vargas have plenty of screen presence, with the terrific physicality of trained dancers. But the characters are oddly strained. Maya barely speaks for the first half of the film (for good reason), which requires both actors to express themselves through awkward miming. And writer-director Payne encourages them to go over-the-top, with exaggerated expressions that ring false every time.
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The CW’s new crime drama, Beauty and The Beast, is receiving a hard time from the critics. The show, starring Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello and Nicole Gale Anderson has been pretty much panned universally, but what exactly is wrong with it?
Well, for start, when the 1991 Disney film was released – on which this series bases its name and premise – the story was a moral one, suggesting that inner beauty trumps vanity. In this show, the ‘beast’ is actually a pretty good-looking guy with a scar on his face. Now this scar, alongside a slightly dodgy temperament that lands Jay Ryan’s character in trouble sometimes, is more akin to Harry Potter than it is the Beast, or Prince Adam as he was in the animation. It just doesn’t work, and certainly doesn’t portray the moody, tortured genius of a character the show undoubtedly set out to achieve.
However, if you’re a fan of government conspiracy dramas, and you watched up all your Bourne films recently, then you might want to make your own mind up about it. Given half a star by USA Today, the show airs on Thursday on CW at 9pm ET/PT.