I’ve respected but never really been ‘all-in’ on Anne Hathaway. Not as highbrow as Natalie Portman, not as ‘that girl’ as Rachel McAdams. But after watching Love and Other Drugs, I get Hathaway’s appeal now. She has some of the qualities of those two and the other actresses of her generation. We use the term ‘Everyman’ alot to talk about actors (like her costar Jake Gyllenhall) for example, Hathaway is something of an Everywoman – the qualities she uses can change seamlessly from scene to scene.
The story you’ve seen a million times before (spoiler alert): Boy Meets Girl, They fall in Love, Things Fall Apart, Realize They Love Each Other, & Reunite. It’s a huge credit to the two leads that we embrace the two characters and go along for the ride. Gyllenhall plays the womanizing salesman who’s sort of a loser until he finds his calling in the drug game (which in this case means legal prescription drugs you’d get from your doctor). Hathaway plays a sickly type who has the early stages of a medical condition that I won’t ruin if you plan to see the film. I completely forgot these two played husband and wife in Brokeback Mountain, but their comfort and chemistry with each other is on display even more in this film. No pun intended, but the first hour is really these two “on display” if you catch my drift, so it’s hard not to acknowledge the collective attractiveness on the screen.
I mentioned this film raised my opinion of Anne Hathaway. Of the two, this film is really about her character. There has been some early talk of Oscar for her performance in this film. It didn’t scream ‘Best Actress’ to me, but we’ll see I suppose. She’s got the hosting gig, so maybe she’s already won.