When A Man Loves A Woman

Name: When A Man Loves A Woman
Year: 1994
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 126
Description: An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter’s safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behaviour.
Stars: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia and Ellen Burstyn
Genres: Drama, Romance

Well, I definitely loved the first part. (Why do I keep saying that so often?) Meg Ryan never disappoints and what I found rather interesting is that I suddenly started disliking Michael after 50 minutes. What I didn’t really find great was that the second half was suddenly all about the insecure husband. I mean, Andy Garcia was great, but I didn’t really want to see him cry, I wanted it to be more about his wife. That’s when it became too… profound for me, or rather, it was trying to be profound.

It’s not every day you hear a film score that features so much solo clarinet. Especially the opening scenes contained really moving music, ut overall it could have been more.

The audio description was written by Di Langford, but she only announced the logo. The rest was done by someone else and it was good, except the fact that they should have indicated the fact that the couple have two children more clearly at the start.

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Wyatt Earp

Name: Wyatt Earp
Year: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 191
Description: Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. The movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West’s most famous individuals.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Gene Hackman
Genres: Action, Adventure, Biography, Romance, Western

I only kept watching this one because of my sudden increased interest in the United States. Liked the beginning, but quickly got tired of the endless ‘heroism’ and acts of violence. The ending is cringeworthy.

The score is mostly great, but the main theme wasn’t really my thing.

Muriel’s Wedding

Name: Muriel’s Wedding
Year: 1994
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 106
Description: Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia, dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.
Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths and Bill Hunter
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. Then, I began to enjoy the incredibly cute and juicy Australian accents, but the stupidity of Muriel’s marriage obsession quickly started to annoy me and the fact that she even loved a fake marriage is totally absurd. The film also had some severe pacing problems and you just know that the audio description is bad when you suddenly realise that the person you thought had cancer doesn’t have cancer at all (the fact that the two protagonists’ voices were sometimes interchangeable didn’t help either). Also, what kind of a mother is totally okay with the fact that her daughter steals all the family money? The only thing I really found entertaining about the whole story was the father’s romance with Deidre and Rhonda was really cool too, about the only normal person in this entire movie. Oh look, now Muriel’s mother died. How tragic. What’s going to be next, will Rhonda give the remaining characters a smack and ask the director why this film was released to the public? Oh no, hang on, the fake lovers have to fall in love first. No, wait, they’re breaking up and Muriel who was Mariel just became Muriel again. Oh, for the love of God, this has to be the worst film I’ve ever seen. Even The Last Airbender was better!

The score mostly consisted of aimless chords, but there was one exception: an Abba song arranged for synth choir, but some chords could definitely have been better. All the songs made me feel pretty nostalgic, though.