Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors

To say I love the movie Sliding Doors would be a huge understatement. I am such a huge movie fan and have many favorites, and this one has to make the favorite list in some form or fashion. There didn’t seem to be much attention at the theaters with this movie, coming and going without me noticing it, and I don’t miss too much, especially with Gwyneth Paltrow!

Peter Howitt does a masterful job at writing and an even better job at directing. The idea behind this film, very early on, Gwyneth Paltrow (Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love) misses the train, and then a quick rewind….she makes the train. From that point on two stories are told simultaneously. Peter Howitt does a wonderful job of cutting in and out of both of these stories as they both move forward with the same similarities, but in different contexts. Don’t worry about having trouble following this film with the jumping back and forth, the director provides easy clues so you know who you are following, and eventually a complete hair style change makes it very simple.

As far as performances go, Gwyneth Paltrow does a great job shifting from character to character. Her boyfriend, played by John Lynch, does a nice job as well, since he does play the boyfriend in both stories being told. The first time I saw this movie is also the first time I remember seeing John Hannah (The Mummy). He is the absolute charm in this movie from the get go. It’s hard with the English accents, so pay attention, there are some priceless lines. Such as Helen and James riding the train together…”Everybody’s born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They’re passed into the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. Fact, they should be called “The Fetals.” Also another very funny, laugh out loud performance from Douglas McFerran who plays a friend of John Lynch gives a similar performance with some classic lines!

I can’t say enough good things about this film. It is clever, very funny, romantic and even heartbreaking. It is just a joy to watch the story unfold,  having both stories revealing themselves at the same time. If you don’t mind a little challenge in your movie choices, this is a must see…and you will want to see it more than once!  You know what the Monty Pythons always say…….

“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition”

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