50 First Dates (2004) Trailer


Verdict: Likeable

Intriguing storyline with all right acting.

Review

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a playboy veterinarian who deceives travellers for a short fling. One day he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) and finds himself faced with a difficulty like never before. Due to a car crash, Lucy’s memory resets every morning, and she lives like it is the same day everyday. Sue (Amy Hill) and Nick (Pomaika’i Brown) try to keep him away from her so she doesn’t get hurt, but Henry doesn’t stop. Lucy’s father, Marlin (Blake Clark) and brother, Doug (Sean Astin) lives day to day by recreating her everyday. Directed by Peter Segal.

The film has great production and visuals though with a satisfactory story. The character of Henry is depicted as a playboy character at the beginning but nothing of what we see of him actually affirms this idea.

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are believable as their characters (except for the playboy discrepancy). However, they did feel a little generic and didn’t express much emotion. Also, maybe it is the the script development, but I didn’t feel like Henry showed much passion or reason for chasing after Lucy (except to make a film out of it). A number of characters ask him this too, and he doesn’t give a clear answer. Love at first sight perhaps. Ula (played by Rob Schneider) is Henry’s cousin and is pretty much just there for comic relief. His tight shirts and extra short shorts are a sight to behold.

The story overall is presented in an orderly manner, going chronologically while sometimes fast forwarding in time. The montages and editing is done in a clear and concise way with little confusion between jumps. There is also some great landscape cinematography in the film, with sunsets and nature as the backdrop.

I also liked the interactions with the animals. I’m sure they are mostly computer generated imagery but it does look very realistic. Unless it is real in which case the animals are really well trained! It’s hard to tell nowadays between what has been manipulated by the computer and what actually occurred before the camera.

Regarding the concept of the story, it is definitely an intriguing one. I am not entirely sure of the accuracy of what is presented in the film, and am mainly re watching this for a psych class. There is such a thing as losing the ability to form new memories after an accident (anterograde amnesia) which occurs due to damage in the temporal lobe. However, the specifics as to when the memory is ‘restarted’ is very vague, but it does seem like waking up with a clean slate every morning is more for the convenience of the film.

Overall, a likeable film for casual viewing with an interesting concept and some great cinematography but average characters.

To sum-up:
PROS: Concept, cinematography, editing, animals
CONS: Accuracy in question, characters

I give this a 6/10.

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