The Messenger: The Story of Joan
Arc was kind of a rebellious teen. What with her cross dressing
and desire to go to war...She finally had to follow her dream
of carnage for the good of France. This original 'SpiceGirl'
was no wimp! No siree Bob.She was a kickbutt chick babe leading
her army to victory because God personally told her
that was what she was put here for. Did I mention most thought
been an odd Hollywood rebirth in Joan of late. Not as prolific
as their love affair with the public domain works of Willie
Shakespeare, but in a more epic story respectable way. Do you
know Joanie? Besides her being the poor girl they burned to
death at a town gathering I mean? Considered a legend even back
in her hey day, 1429. She really did try to save France.
See women use to be held down, not edcucated,and get this...kept
pregnant in the kitchen. I know, but it's the truth...swear.
I think I'd just undo myself if I woke up without airconditioning,
cable, deodorant, or all our rights...poor creatures.
is so-so in her Joan. An okay actress in what may be her role
of a lifetime. Even Jovovich can't stop us fromfeeling Joan's anguish and frustration at not being, at first, taken
seriously as a French warrior. Of course there was all that
hearing the voice of God and all. Not cool to go telling simple
devil fearing folk of the notoriously close minded medieval
times you chat on a regular basis, heck any basis at all, with
the All Mighty. No. She really should have just left that
part out of all her grand speeches. But, no. Little Ms. Honesty
had to blurt out what she revered as truth. I guess she figured
people would believe her...Tah, little white lies...little white
lies.I keep telling people their the backbone of the world as
we know it .
Luc Benson, who's Fifth Element also focused on a super
woman of sorts, got an A plus cast to assist him it his dark
realistic story. (PS Milla just so happens to be the guy's ex-wife...Hmm)
Oh, sure Messenger SJA is obvious blockbuster
style. Can you make anymore artsy Joan films? Will people show
up? The war and gore shots are top-notch special effects.
know the French have their mini-dinkie-ball-bag-bikini-underwear
in a bunch over this? Can't we just see a movie enjoy the cast
and world they create, leave, maybe get an ice cream, walk the
dogs? No, they all want -need- controversy. Frenchman
himself, Besson's under attack 'cause the French are all wigged
out he made Joan in English. Yeah, him and like fifty before
him. Please. Do you hear the Belgians bitching cause the French
got the world-calling fries "french-fries?" I rest
Hoffman's in this. I love that guy. The Graduate is still one
of my all time faves. You can usually trust him. One word for
you...'Tootsie' Huh? Who else could have pulled that
off? Although I would have sold a limb to see Christopher Walken
in the role. Tee hee. Gosh, that's a funny image...no?
real cat woman' Dunnaway, who is such a beautiful actress. Man
may we all look like that broadski as time skipperoos into the
hereafter. I happen to be able to guess-ta-mate her age and
she is holding up quite nice. I bet she's with some young stud.
She's just so cool. Rent Albino Alligator if you haven't
seen it. She's exceptional in that as well.
also has a powerful part here, Charles VII. He really looks
the part. He's strangely out of place in modern times. Somehow
he appears like he uses a personal time machine to be 'among
us.' Not to mention he says he lives in France...Somewhere
in France. Yeah, like the CONEHEADS supposedly did.
See somethings fishy in..Den..France.You know I heard he recently
gave up his puppeting. Decided acting was more his bag.
if you're into historic movies. I am addicted to the History
Channel so I may have been biased. But, this is an eyeful, a
cinematic treat, if at times a bit bloated.
Recommendation: Room temp Brie and peasant bread smuggled
in to 'set the mood'
Milla Jovovich. John Malkovich, Faye Dunneway, and
by: Luc Besson