Anna: I'm going there to propose to my boyfriend.
Declan: That's the stupidest thing I ever heard!
I can't remember when I've watched a romantic comedy and liked it so much. Actually, I can't remember when I've watched a romantic comedy at all. I don't think I ever have, come to think of it. Anyway, this isn't the kind of movie I watch a lot of. But this one held a certain appeal to me for several reasons. One of them being that I'd read good things about it on friends' blogs, another being that it takes place in Ireland, and the other reason being...Matthew Goode. I'm being honest. ;-)
So I was on the lookout for Leap Year, searching every library around for it...and then finally, last week, when I wasn't even looking for it, I found it!!! Doesn't it give you such a thrill when you find something at a library that you've been looking for for SUCH a long time?! I love moments like that. :-)
So, I went home giddy and delighted. I watched the movie. And I loved it!
Pretty much from the start, Leap Year is an unusual story. A girl named Anna lives in Boston, has a glamorous job 'staging apartments' (whatever that means -- this is coming from the country girl who probably won't understand your job description unless you say you plant corn or write books), a steady boyfriend, and from the outside, looks like she has it made. But when she and her boyfriend celebrate their fourth anniversary and he still hasn't asked her to marry him, Anna decides to follow him to a medical conference in Dublin to propose to him on Leap Day, February 29th, according to an old Irish tradition. Simple as that, right?
Knowing Amy Adams, probably not. ;-P Things start to get complicated when Anna's plane has to land early because of bad weather, and she ends up on the wrong side of Ireland, in a tiny little two-bit village where the only public venue is a run-down, hole-in-the-wall bar. Enter Matthew Goode as Declan O'Callaghan.
Declan thinks Anna's plan is absolutely ridiculous. But when Anna tries to find a taxi that will take her to Dublin, guess who's the driver. Yup.
So begins Anna's long-winded, stressful, hilarious adventure of trying to get to Dublin in time to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day. And her humorous relationship with Declan, who turns out to be actually a lot nicer than she thought.
Amy Adams was cute as Anna Brady. She annoyed me sometimes, especially at the beginning, because she was just so...modern, I guess. ;-) Plus she wasn't very nice to Declan. (Of course, he wasn't overly pleasant to her either...) The situations she gets herself in are a riot -- like wrecking an entire room while trying to plug in her phone, and frying the entire village in the process. I found it really funny that she walked around the whole movie in those ridiculous high heeled shoes. ;-) Okay, what I want to know is, how does she walk through rainstorms, fall on her face in the mud, and still get her hair looking that great?
I tend to like stories where people are thrown together in odd circumstances and have to hate each other before they realize they love each other. I also like it in movies when people pretend they're married for one reason or another -- it's just funny. And almost always, the two people end up getting together in the end.
When Anna misses her train to Dublin, she and Declan go home with the train master for the night. The train master's wife runs a sort of boarding house, but when they get there she only has one room left -- and she won't let anyone stay who isn't married. Desperate as they are, Declan and Anna decide to play along.
There's only one bed. Problem.
|Because how could you say no to that face.|
It's pretty weird, but even though they're both in the same bed nothing actually 'happens'. That might really bother some people, but I didn't have a big problem with it. In fact, it made me like Declan even more, because he was a real gentleman about it. Not that I really needed anything to make me like Declan more.
Did I mention how much I like Declan O'Callaghan?
I LOVE DECLAN. Oh, my. He was just....wonderful. :-) Declan is not your typical guy. He was kind of moody, tough on the outside, not the most pleasant guy you're ever bound to meet. But when you get to know him, he's absolutely wonderful. And he's wildly funny. He drives old beat-up cars ("It's a classic!") and listens to annoying Irish indie music ("No one touches the music!") Not to mention, I don't believe Matthew Goode's ever looked better. He really had it going on with that beard.
I did not like Anna's boyfriend, Jeremy, at all. He was just really, really annoying. Ewwww. He was the kind of person you just really love to hate. He didn't love her, people. Declan loved her. Oh dear, was that a spoiler? Well, you saw it coming.
Yes, this movie is positively adorable. The kind of movie that makes you squeal and giggle, laugh your head off at times, go "Awwwww....", and leaves you with a sparkly, sweet, romantic feeling that lingers long after you've finished it. I went to bed in a sort of trance that night after watching it, swept away by the utter adorableness.
If you like rom-coms at all, watch it. If you like Matthew Goode, watch it. If you like quirky stories about people who get into awkward situations, handsome Irish bartenders, and the timeless beauty of true love, then by all means, watch it. And then come back here and comment so we can giggle and squeal and be ridiculous together, because fangirls love company. :-)