Last night I decided I would take a break from my current Netflix TV show obsession, and watch a movie from my que. After reading all the descriptions twice, I picked ‘I love you Phillip Morris’ ; mainly because of Jim and Ewan, I have a weakness for both. Now, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into before I started, I had a fine toke sesh before making my movie selection so by the time the opening credits started I had forgotten what the Netflix description told me. I thought it would be something about the terrible business of tobacco companies as told by someone with the clever ability to turn a phrase. This is not at all what the movie is about, although I would be interested in something like that. Instead it’s a romantic comedy about a con man (Carrey) who meets the love of his life (McGregor) in jail and will do anything to see and be with him.
I’m not going to give a lengthy review of my feelings during every plot twist and mishap, that takes way to long and I’m work right now. However, I was really impressed and sincerely moved by this movie!! No doubt, one of Jim Carrey’s BEST roles ever, he plays a sincerely love struck man with the unwavering desire to do anything (legal, or illegal, and mostly illegal) to stay with the man he loves.
Jim and Ewan play so well off of each other and the emotion in their performances is incredible. The movie is more about the emotion of love and does not play up the gender of the people who are in love. Don’t get me wrong, the movie does not make any attempt to hide the sexuality of the characters, but it’s not cliche or stereotypical.
The above still is from my favorite part in the movie. Their position and expressions and the sentiment of this scene is something that everyone can relate to. That safe place, that nook, where you’re comfortable and safe with the one person you want to be with, it’s beautiful. It is amazing to me that this scene can strike such a chord with me from two actors who are not gay but are acting as such.
I want to be clear and say that I am a proud supporter of gay rights and the LGBT community, and that my amazement is not “Omg gay men can be in love too! Imagine that!” Instead it’s that a film has showcased this love, in a prison setting, and got it right. I’m astonished that more people have not talked about this movie. It’s an odd but very moving love story.
Not to be overlooked though is Jim Carrey’s comedic timing, he is a natural so who would expect anything less. Carrey’s character makes many attempts (most were successful) at escaping being caught and breaking out of prison. Now, this is movie based on facts…. so it says, which makes me wonder seriously, how hard is it to break out of jail?
Well anyway, if you find yourself with nothing to do one night, I strongly suggest this movie. It leaves a warm feeling in your belly when it’s done, unless that was just the tea I was drinking while watching.