Jul 24, 2011

Something's Gotta Give [2003]

Directed by Nancy Meyers 
Production Design by Jon Hutman  
Art Direction by John Wamke & Franck Schwarz 
Set Decoration by Beth Rubino  
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus  
Film Format: 35 mm  
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 
Columbia Pictures Corporation

In Something’s Gotta Give, the aspirational kitchen is so overwrought it threatens to overwhelm the narrative.  Scenes seem created to serve the exhibitionism of the diva performer but this time it’s a set construction, not a person.  The William Sonoma & Restoration Hardware catalogues are elevated to ways-of-being.  What womanizing curmdudgeon (Jack Nicholson), wouldn’t be seduced by the accommodating yards of soapstone counters, acres of glazed white cabinetry with nickel plated schoolhouse hardware and enough separate lighting scenarios to run a Buz Lahrman stageshow.  LIke the heroine, successful author but ambivalent lover, (Diane Keaton), this kitchen is self-deprecating in its style, practical in its luxuries, and pristine in its maintenance. And also like her emotionally overly-controlled character, it’s finally, difficult to believe.

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