Thursday, January 6, 2011

Easy A (Movie Review)

I had read good things about the movie, Easy A. I read the lead actress, Emma Stone, was charming and perfect in her role as a girl who tells a little white lie about losing her virginity and finds herself becoming her high school's version of Hester Prynne, she of the scarlet A, from Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter.

After reading such nice words, I watched the trailer and was immediately filled with dread. One of the things I dislike most in literature and movies are clichéd characters and Easy A seemed to feature one these characters I hate the most; the bitchy, bullying, most popular, holier than thou school girl. Like, totally!

I gave the movie a chance even with my reservations and I'm so very glad I did. Easy A is very smartly written. One of the major points of the movie is to take down these clichés and tired story tropes. Olive, Emma Stone's character, constantly acknowledges how absurd her situation is and how beyond normal sense the people around her are acting.

In other words, her character reacts exactly how you or I would act if we plopped down in one of these movies. We'd laugh in the bullies' faces and blow them off and this is exactly what happens in the movie and it is great.

Even though Easy A uses The Scarlet Letter as a jumping off point, this is a comedy. I found myself smiling the whole time. Her parents, especially her dad played by Stanley Tucci, are possibly the coolest parents ever on film.

As Olive's reputation gets more absurd and the rumors get out of hand, the movie still manages to be very sweet and endearing and that's quite an accomplishment considering how nasty all her fellow students are towards her.

Easy A was a pleasant surprise and a great way to kick start my 2011 movie watching.

1 comment:

  1. I loved her parents as well! Too cool for words :)