I am catching up on the chick movies in my dvd queue and finally got to my disc of It's Complicated. Most anything that Nancy Meyer's touches turns to cinematic gold (Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, The Parent Trap--- a.k.a. before Lohan went cracko, Father of the Bride); and, I knew from the initial credits that I would find equal satisfaction in her latest flick with Meryl, Alec, and Steve (I like to think of them as my friends, so I refer to them in the first person).
As the film opens, tight shots of Santa Barbara's Spanish-style architectural details fill the screen. For me, Meyer's attention to visual details like setting and wardrobe are equally as enchanting as the stories she weaves together.
While the film presents a real adult love story that ultimately does become quite complicated, I was again and again taken by the aesthetic delights that encompassed every scene.
Meryl's character Jane, for instance, a Parisian-trained baker, has her own veggie garden and a lovely kitchen for whipping up chocolate cake. Her job takes her to a quaint restaurant simply called "The Bakery," where she and Steve Martin roll out pain au chocolat at the conclusion of their date.
Though at times the plot grew cliché, I know I will return to this film often as design inspiration. Meyer's visual acuity always enhances whatever stories she tells. Whether Diane Keaton's predominantly black and white Hampton's house in Something's Gotta Give or Kate Winslet's English country cottage in The Holiday, Meyer's movies offer the spaces of my design dreams and wonderfully real characters to fill them.
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