Before I jump in, I know I have a bunch of unfinished stuff like my "Ideal Disneyland" and "Disney Sequels." I'll get to those. Eventually. I really just blog what I'm feeling at the moment.
I've been in a movie watching mood lately. So, today I watched Disney's "Tuck Everlasting." I saw it when it came out but hadn't seen it since. So, Alexis Bledel is an okay actress and everything, but I'm just shallow and wish she were prettier. On the other hand, the guy that plays Jesse is gorgeous, but can't act very well. Plus, when he yells or gets excited, his voice sounds like a 10 year old. I will say, however that their farewell outside the jail was really good acting on both of their parts. I was left wishing the movie had gone further. It was just kinda sailing along the whole time. I wonder if the book is better. Maybe I should read it. Also, being a Costume Design major, I notice the costumes. I'm taking a Costume History class and try to place the time period of the movie by looking at the costumes and then I look it up if the information is available. It's really fun. So, I placed this movie between 1890 and 1910, which is Edwardian. Usually, I'm not a fan of Edwardian but this was done well. They took the good things from the period and used them. Then, I looked it up and it's set in 1914. 1914 is like The Music Man and My Fair Lady. The costumes were done well but they were a bit early. What's up with that? Oddly, one of my favorite costumes in the whole movie was Winnie's underdress that she goes swimming and dancing in. It's just so simple, elegant, and youthful. Love it. Too bad the only pics I could find of it are really awkward cuz she's mid dancing. But I also really like this one.
Then, after watching Tuck, I was reminded of the movie "Tom and Huck" because Jesse's hair reminded me of Brad Renfro's in the movie. Weird? Yes. Or maybe I was reminded of it becuase "Huck" rhymes with "Tuck." haha. But, I went ahead and watched that too. (Hey, it's a Saturday night and it's hailing outside. Ugh.) And let me say this. Tom and Huck, it's been TOO LONG! I know I loved this movie when I was younger and you know what? I still do. Brad Renfro is still charming in his rugged bad boy way and JTT's smile is still just as endearing. Also, there were some great acting moments by Renfro that I had never noticed before. Like when they're signing the oath and Tom has to help him because he doesn't know how to write. He just sort of looks up at Tom embarrassed and silently communicated to Tom that he needs help. Then, when he thanks him, you can tell he's genuinely grateful and there is this tender friend moment between the two. (Here's what I'm talking about. It's at around 5:50.) And whenever they have their talks about what friendship is, you can just see Huck's internal struggle. It's just little moments like that that make me love the character. The movie is a great one. I'd defiantly recommend it if you haven't seen it. :) Oh, and I totally NAILED the time period on that one. Yay for me.
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