There are good and bad romantic comedies. Thankfully, this plays out well. It just has some things that should have been tweaked before being released to theatres. The central problem is how the screenplay was written. It just doesn't allow the main character to develop enough until it is really late in the film. Along with this are some other unnecessary set backs that will be addressed as well. The issue is that, altogether, these factors make this film not as funny as it should be and that's why it needs improvement.
|Zoe (Abigail Breslin)|
The personality of Kate is very sarcastic and it’s not a good sarcastic. There are two types of sarcasm: funny and snotty sarcasm. Kate's sarcasm is snotty and when it comes down to comedy, Kate's wisecracks are a hit or miss. There were times where she overreacted to situations and I looked at the screen saying, "Lady, it's not a big deal". As for the character of Zoe, at first she makes Kate feel uncomfortable because she's still traumatized that her mother won't be returning to Earth any time soon. But once Zoe meets Nick, she starts to turn the other cheek.
|Eckhart's character trying to warm up Jones' character.....|
unfortunately...this takes FOREVER.
Adding to this is the element of Zoe's mother. I can understand why Zoe would be distraught from the beginning, but I do not understand why it was need to be inserted again much later in the film. What does this accomplish? All it does is bring the audience back to the sad, mournful feeling that was felt back in the start of the movie. This film is supposed to gradually get better over time, not get better for a while and sink back down again! That's just playing with the audience's emotions and it gets annoying after a while.
Two final aspects that I did enjoy about this film was the food and music. I know it sounds silly, but because most of this film takes place in a kitchen, a lot of the things that will be observed is professionally made food. So much of it is appetizing to look at alone! At one point, I wanted to have one of the platters served to me while I watched the film. As for music, Philip Glass composed the score, with several other artist soundtracks inserted as well, i.e. Michael Bublé and Luciano Pavarotti. But what I like about Glass' score is how it evokes the emotions so easily. It truly has a poignant tune of its own.
Overall No Reservations has good intentions but its "up and down" screenplay is emotionally unbalanced, making it difficult for the audience to feel the same way the characters do. Adding to the frustration is Zeta-Jones' character who takes forever to take the step in the positive direction.
Points Earned --> 7:10