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on 29 July 2004
This is sure to be a hit with a cast graced by such stars as Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles. These two actresses, in particular, have provided some recent, worthy material; Julia Robert's list of accomplishments is as long as your arm, whilst Julia Stiles is appearing ever more regularly, although I'm not convinced she has yet matched 'Save the Last Dance', in which her underplayed character is excellent.
The message through Mona Lisa is clear, but I don't agree that it is a 'woman's Dead Poets Society'. Dead Poets was hugely powerful as a "Challenge the Status Quo" vehicle, but, for me, Mona Lisa comes up a little short. The characters come over a little shallow at times and the theme, let's face it, is hardly original.
However, there is a healthy balance of input; it would have been typically 'politically correct' for Robert's teacher role to have been portrayed as the liberated, free thinking feminist, but the film does well to challenge that very angle. She shows herself to be teachable and well as forthright and this is refreshing.
I am waiting for Julia Stiles to really break out into a role made for her: I think, as I hinted at, that Save The Last Dance is her best work, but she could be a huge talent.
There is little to say really about the male roles in the picture. This is a film about women, and fair play to it.
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