movie: Ice Princess
starring:Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall
genre: Family, Drama
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A student trying to write her entrance thesis for university, discovers her talent for figure skating. Soon, she's forced to make the choice of following her brain or her heart.
So, another take on the nerd turned athlete film. It's sweet, it's got it's point, and it's nothing overly special. Nothing in it overly stood out for me. There are no bad guys in this. That's really what stood out. Just when you think the character of the coach is going to be the big evil, or one of the rival skaters, you get curved around it and all is forgiven. It was almost too sweet.
There wasn't a big enough pay off for me with this. The lead character beats the competition like every underdog film; but comes up just short in the final moments. Which, I'd like to say is a twist, but we've seen that before in a few films. The big emphasis being on playing from the heart and not for the gold. I actually would have liked to have seen more of the physics she's in the beginning, suppose to be basing her whole project on, carried through bit more after the midway point in the film. It was almost as if the writers decided to forget they were suppose to have a "nerd" for their lead character.
I would love to see Kim Cattrall and Joan Cusack do a buddy comedy, as the chemistry the two have in their 3 minutes together of air time, made the movie's point. Each is the mirror of the other, both headstrong in their beliefs, feeling the path the other has taken is the weaker choice. Even once they begin to agree, they continue to butt heads.
what did I learn? zamboni over golf cart any day.