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Something Borrowed (2011) Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2011
ImageBottom line first.  If you love films then you are going to want to stay away from this one.  However, I will admit there are some intriguing moments.  This makes for a great date night movie, but beyond that, yikes!

“Something Borrowed” steals every ounce of its misery from other romantic comedies.  And I do mean everything.  Even Kate Hudson is hard to distinguish from her roles in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and “Fool’s Gold.”

I keep seeing commercials announcing the release of this title on Blu-ray is it says the critics are in agreement that this is “the best romantic comedy of the year” and “highly original.”  Someone was smoking pot when that was decided?  I haven’t heard one person, let along a critic call this film highly original.”

“Something Borrowed” rehashes the plot of a man who is really in love with the best friend who is not his fiancée.  The two keep it a secret from everyone for an entirely too long runtime and then poof its over.  I guess everything works out, but we never really know for sure.  It is seemingly like the filmmakers didn’t know how this film should end.  Seriously, what romantic comedy has a brief clip half way through the credits with a “To Be Continued…” line?  Not to mention, the clip itself made no sense.  Here we a film that ends with two ex-best friends having dialogue as such: I’m happy / I’m glad / No really, I’m happy / Good.  Who comes up with this stuff?

Ginnifer Goodwin is a doll and so there was at least some interest in this film for me, but overall the film is a blender of full of ingredients with the hope for a tasty outcome.  Unfortunately, not so much. The film comes to Blu-ray with an encode that suits most romantic comedies.  There is one major issue with the transfer that keeps it from being one at the top of its class.  First though, the image is quite pleasing with its rich colors and prevalent texture.  Facial textures, along with hair and costumes are striking.  Fleshtones are accurate.  Black levels are rich but problematic due to the major issue with the transfer.  There are no major artifacting issues to be found.  Ringing is the only lingering effect that is generally kept under control.  The downside of this transfer is the presence of unbearable contrast levels.  The levels are so high that it completely swamps the vibrant nature of the image.  Black levels result in crush and details are swallowed.  On numerous occasions the many objects in a scene combine to for indistinguishable masses.  Other than one pitfall, the image quality is really impressive.  So while I am tempted to give the quality 4 stars, the contrast is just too much of an issue.

The audio on this disc is presented in the oh so typical DTS-HD MA 5.1 format.  The issue with this audio track isn’t the transfer, but the original sound design.  It is typical for romantic comedies to almost be pre-processed, but this is ridiculous.  The soundscape is entirely front heavy.  The surrounds provide some ambience here and there, but too far and few between.  The Dialogue is perfectly rendered, but dynamics are flatter than a pancake.  Even when the nightclub and bar sequences take place, they never distinguish themselves from any other sequence.  The LFE channel is accurate for the genre.  It pops in during a couple club sequences.  The transfer receives decent marks, but the original sound design is poor.

Along with the nature of the film itself, the special features are fairly pointless.  “Something…Old?” has the cast discussing turning the age of 30.  “On Location Tours With Emily Griffin” gives us a brief look at the New York film locations.  “Marcus’s Guide To The Ladies,” enough said.  “What Is ‘Something Borrowed’?” talks about the phrase.  “Let Off The Guest List” is a collection of four deleted scenes.  Lastly, there is a gag reel.  The package also comes with a DVD/Digital Copy.

“Something Borrowed” is more than some things borrowed.  It is all things stolen.  There is some charm hidden underneath that if you pay enough attention to the actors and actresses you may find it.  While nowhere near the disaster that is “Leap Year,” “Something Borrowed” should probably remain buried.

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