One of my favorite feelings is going to Target or Albertson’s and finding an old movie that I used to rent relentlessly from the corner Blockbuster I used to live by, but had now forgotten about, on sale for six or five dollars. See, a few days ago I thought I was walking into Albertson’s for raspberry extract. I actually came out with raspberry extract, a tin of Altoids, and Penelope, for five dollars! When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t seen that movie in years, yet I still listed it as my favorite everywhere it required me to fill my favorite movies for. I bought it because I had to.
I first saw the movie when my dad took my sister, Sabrina, and I for a “daddy date”, where we went to dinner, and then saw Penelope at the theatre. I am totally making a “:3: face as I type this, but I remember coming home from that “date” and getting a nervous panic attack because I was feeling feelings I had never felt before, and then, after I anxiously told my mom, I realized I was just developing a severe crush on James McAvoy. And so my love for him began.
Penelope is about a girl (Christina Ricci) who was born with a curse—she has a snout. For some reason that I am happy to report was beyond me even the first time I saw this movie and thought was the ultimate, perfect movie: everyone finds this incredibly horrid (mostly her mother), so the parents fake her death and hide her away, only revealing her to rich “blue bloods” who can marry her to break the curse. A reporter and a rich mama’s boy have already seen Penelope, but nobody believes them, so they hire Max Campion (James McAvoy) to secretly take a picture of her if and when she reveals herself to him.
While not Oscar material, this is one of the only films that gives me legitimate “fuzzies” and warm feelings. There are a bunch of close-ups of James McAvoy’s face, pretty clothes, Christina Ricci’s perfect face—ahem—and Reese Witherspoon. I’ve picked out your favorite film and you haven’t even seen it yet. (Unless you have, then please, let’s fangirl about it together?!)