This week’s post will take a look at
One For the Money
Stephanie Plum was my hero. When I first started reading the series written by Janet Evanovich, I was at a point in my life where I needed to laugh. Boy, talk about laugh. My family thought I was absolutely nuts. A person, sitting in a chair reading, who out of nowhere bursts into uncontrollable laughter. That was me. Stephanie and Lulu’s antics were unbelievably hilarious. Just zany enough that you could actually see people getting into the predicaments they find themselves in.
As with many fans, when I’m reading a novel, I sometimes fantasize about who should play which part. When I originally heard the rumors about Katherine Heigl playing Stephanie Plum, I had to think about it for a bit. The more I thought about it the more I thought I liked it. The reality was another matter. While she can carry off humor and funny situations, she couldn’t carry off the New Jersey accent. Sometimes it was present and more often than not, it wasn’t. The character needed more depth. I don’t know if it was the acting or the way the script was written. The lovable thing about Stephanie is that she’s really inept. For crying out loud she sold lingerie. The way the writers wrote her character, she was too good, too fast. Oh, another thing about how the character. Stephanie absolutely hates wearing dresses or skirts. The majority of the first part of the movie, she’s not only in dresses but heels. Even Stephanie wouldn’t go chasing anyone in that outfit unless she ran into them in the funeral parlor. Most of the time she just rolls out of bed, tries to tame her hair and goes. Forget the makeup and coordinating outfits.
This IS NOT my Joe Morelli. While Jason O’Mara is a wonderful actor, he is not who I had in mind for this part and especially based on the descriptions of Joe in the Stephanie Plum novels. Muscular, dark haired and dark eyed. Nope, not Italian enough. However, he does do an extremely good job portraying Joe’s overall character so I can’t detract points for that.
I had more of this in mind for Joe,
I know, he’s everywhere right now, but he would have been a perfect balance of looks, comedy and character. The only thing wrong, he might be a little too big. With the right actress, maybe not.
Okay, lets move on to Ranger. Oh My Gosh, RANGER. This one is a hard one (pun intended). When I think Ranger I think delicious chocolate, danger and sex. He doesn’t talk all that much. He does most of his talking with his eyes, the looks on his face and body language. He’s not pretty. I think that was the problem with this:
He’s too pretty and the smile is killer. That’s great and while I think Daniel Sunjata is very attractive and sexy, not Ranger. Think about it, how about this instead
Before I talk about the movie, one final note. I loved Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur but couldn’t you just picture Betty White in that role?
This movie was such a disappointment to me and another fan who watched it with me. We had two people in the room who hadn’t read the books and they were “okay” with the movie. They kept saying we were being too critical, well, the movie just didn’t stack up to the first novel. While funny, the novel had a different layer and feel than the movie. It wasn’t all fun and games and flirting. A woman is brutally beaten in both the movie and the novel but the movie glossed over it. The movie was a superficial look at the brilliant series by Ms Evanovich.
Just my opinion.