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Not quite what I was expecting...
on 9 June 2009
I was thrilled when I heard about "Confessions of a Shopaholic" will become a movie. Exactly because I am a big fan of the entire book series.
And than the movie came. But it disappointed me somehow. The cast was excellent, Becky being the one I imagined reading the books, Luke the same. But there the resemblence stopped. Ok, you'll accuse me of being one of those single-minded persons who sees only one side of the medal. But...sorry, I can not! Becky is English, more English than Bridget Jones herself and to transform her in an American... Suze was supposed to meet Tarquin "on the way" and he was a plain, borring, rich, horrible (in Becky's opinion) dressed, Scottish guy, who did not even interest Suze, in the begining. And Becky...Becky was supposed to work for a television. Luke had Brandon communications from the start, he did not work for anyone. And so on....
This is always the mistake the writters do. They take a funny book (I would not use the adjective "great" because it isn't the case) and transform it in something that, they believe, would be more appealling for the larger public. For me, Becky Bloomwood died in the moment she became American.
On the other hand, it was kind of funny, well acted and I have to admit that Isla Fisher did a great job. But it lacked something, a spark, a little bit more chemistry between the main characters. Maybe Alicia Billington should have been more of a villain than a ... clown who tried so hard to be mean. But, in the end, it is a funny movie for a Sunday rainy afternoon spend with your girl-friends and a warning for what you may become if you are addicted to shopping (I've started to believe I am one...).