Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

No Strings Attached v. Friends with Benefits – a comparison

Two films made in the same year – after the triumphant record of Oscar nominations for Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The two actresses separated after the film, where they played two dancers competing for the leading role in the ballet and then both took part in two identical projects. The two films have to be looked at together given they treat the same concept – of physical relationships without actual personal or emotional involvement.

Very surprisingly, it was the film with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake that had any depth at all. I was very surprised that Natalie Portman agreed to take a shallow and flat role of the character in No Strings Attached alongside Ashton Kutcher. None of the two films had my expectations high, or should I say I had absolutely no expectiations. Yet Friends with Benefits is a quite ok film, whereas No Strings Attached is a total kitschy flop.

Dear readers – do not watch any of the two films, but if you really want to, pick Friends with Benefits.

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Half Nelson by Ryan Fleck

It is a very warm story of a drug addict who at the same time is  a passionate non conformist history/PE teacher at a high school in Brooklyn.

His everyday struggles seem to only affect him outside of the classroom. And the classroom seems to be the only environment where he is in control of everything happening around him. His students love him him being a fair assessor of their knowledge who clearly enjoys working with them as well.

Ryan Gosling is convincing as a complex character and this certainly is one of the most interesting roles in his career so far.

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