Drew Baylor (Bloom) has lost his girlfriend, his job and the
company he worked for one billion dollars but just as he thought things
couldn't get any worse his sister Heather (Greer) calls to tell him that
his father has passed away. Now he has to put his own problems aside and
head to Kentucky to the place of his father's birth, Elizabethtown. With
all the arrangements to see to and his father's family to deal with, Drew
doesn't really have time to for anything else until he meets airhostess
When Cameron Crowe writes and directors a movie people take
notice but can 'Elizabethtown' capture the same magic as 'Jerry Maguire'
and 'Almost Famous'?
What draws people to Cameron Crowe's movies is that they are
personal stories that you can find some connection with. 'Elizabethtown'
really plays to his strengths of creating likeable characters and situations
that will touch you and make you laugh. As with all his films, he has to
have a strong protagonist and the character of Drew just about makes it.
As leading man, the jury is still out on Orlando Bloom. While
the British actor is the current flavour of the month in Hollywood, there
is no denying that he has acting talent and there is more to him than just
his boyish good looks. As Drew both he and Crowe create a leading man that
is easy to get behind and like. This is a man who has thrown himself into
work only for it to blow up in his face and cause the biggest fiasco in
shoe manufacturing history. This pales into insignificance when he gets
the news of his father's death and from then on we are taken on a journey
of self-discovery and the realisation that there is more to life than just
a job. Orlando does have a bit of a dodgy American accent but this is another
important role for him and one that proves he can actually carry a movie.
Stealing the show from the leading man is the leading lady,
Kirsten Dunst. As Claire, the airhostess with a heart, she makes a connection
with Drew that gives him one really positive thing in his otherwise depressing
situation. She is that little voice that pushes him in the right direction
and keeps him focused on what he needed to do. Kirsten Dunst is an actress
who cannot help but like and she has the talent to make you like her even
An excellent supporting cast accompanies our two leads but
some of them could have done with a little more screen time and development.
Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer are very good as Drew's mother and sister.
Paul Schneider is ex-musician father and Drew's cousin Jesse, who brings
some music and comedy to the proceedings. There are also good performance
from Bruce McGill, Alec Baldwin and most of Drew's extended Kentucky family.
As with all of Cameron Crowe movies, the soundtrack is superb.
With contributions from Elton John, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, The Hollies and
many others, the music drives the emotions just as much as what you are
watching on screen. Add to this another brilliant score by Nancy Wilson
and you have a musical accompaniment that complements and drives the story
'Elizabethtown' is another fine example of the writing and
directing talents of Cameron Crowe. With a story that will touch you and
characters that you quickly become involved with, this is a movie that you
can't help enjoying. With his eclectic view on life and drawing from his
own experiences to produce a fiction tale, Crowe continues to be a writer/director
that you have to take notice of.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Meet the Crew (2.35 mins)
On the first day of the shoot we get the see some of the people worked
on the movie that you usually never get to see, even on featurettes.
'Rusty's Learning to Listen Part 8' (3.34 mins)
Watch the full version of the child training film that shows kids how
to be quiet and listen to their parents and if they do, Rusty will blow
up a house.
Hanging with Russell in Memphis (7.27 mins)
The man behind the bar at Rusty's place regales you with stories from
Memphis and the famous Sun Studios.
View images by Neal Preston entitled 'Behind the Scenes', 'Mercury', 'Drew
Baylor', 'Mitch, Hollie, Drew and Heather: The Baylors', 'Claire Colburn',
'Drew & Claire', 'Kentucky', 'The Memorial', 'The Funeral' and 'The Road
Watch the promotional trailers entitled 'Bad Day' and 'Drew'
The DVD treatment for 'Elizabeth Town' is a little lacklustre. With only
some very short featurettes, some extended scenes and a photo gallery,
fans will be very disappointed with the bonus features on this DVD.
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