... Ouch! What a terrible movie. I thought that a few years ago, when I saw it the first time, I was just not in the right mindset for this movie, but I watched it again last night, because I wanted to make some screen-caps of Matthew, who plays the count, but.... I don't know what it is, but the movie just doesn't 'get' to me.
So, there's 'love' in the air, though it would seem to be more about lust, but filmed in a weird way. At moments the movie is stiffly Victorian when it comes to sex. At other times I feel like 'A little less (mostly female) nakedness, puh-lease." I
t would seem like Pampinea and Lorenzo are supposed to be 'the Grand Love Couple' of the show, but ... they leave me as cold as Rose/Jack did in Titanic. There's something so pushy and 'over-the-top' in the display of 'Oh, look! The L.O.V.E.-couple!' that it's annoying.
I'm not sure if it's the fault of the actors. I cannot remember them from other parts they have played, but I've seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play other characters and I enjoyed them more than I ever did Jack/Rose.
And considering that millions went "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww." over Jack/Rose and cried a billion and two tears over them, I can only assume that it's something about that couple that just annoys ME and not necessarily someone else, I suppose it IS my fault.....
And... I don't understand women in movies and/or television.... I'm sorry, but ... Pampinea gets to choose between:
Lorenzo (Hayden Christinsen) and Count Dzerzhinsky (Matthew Rhys)
Full name of Count: Dmitri Vyacheslav Alexsandrovich Dzerzhinsky, first son (and also the ONLY son, 9 sisters - which probably explains the clothes!)
And then she choses Lorenzo?!?!?! Is she blind or something? ... (Although.... Why am I thinking 'sandwich' when I'm not even hungry? )
I had that same *FACEPALM!* feeling when I watched The mystery of Edwin Drood, where that terrible Rosa Bud turned down John Jasper (Hey! Suprise! Also played by Matthew Rhys!) Alright, I admit, John Jasper was a tad bit dark, creepy, pushy and obsessive... and granted an opium-addiction is perhaps not much fun either, but seriously.... If I had to chose between John and Edwin, Edwin would be out on his a** in two seconds and John in rehab, so he'd be clean by the time he'd marry me!....
But, I lose this thread, so let's get back to the only purpose of actually sitting through "Virgin Territory": Matthew Rhys.
I don't think that anyone will be even remotely shocked and/or surprised that I enjoyed watching him work. I just loved his scenes with Tim Roth (playing Gerbino de la Ratta - another 'good' aspect of the movie). It helps, I suppose, that I like the 'poodle-hair' that the guys at After Elton hated so much.
Matthew shows his range of acting skills very well. From his ability to hang on to an accent to the way that he handles the Count's emotions from pride to anger to love/lust to vengeance. I loved the sword-fight between him and Tim Roth and I felt that Matthew and Tim were a good match acting-wise, where Tim absolutely wiped Hayden off the table (acting-wise) in their one-on-one scenes.
I think that I would have enjoyed the movie more had it only been about Pampinea/Lorenzo/The Count/De La Ratta.
And here are some screen-caps:
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