I’ve met a couple of people who were ex-Pfans. Yes, ex. They fell out of Pfandom over the years when her movies became less successful. I can understand their opinion. People who are a fan of her movies, not her, but just her films, would inevitably fall out of Pfandom. The last big success of Michelle’s was ‘White oleander’ in 2002 and she only had a supporting role. ‘Hairspray’ was also a success, but I don’t count it because I’m sure that a lot of people only went to see it for Zac Efron or John Travolta.
The four-year-break was a hard time for Pfans. I wasn’t a Pfan yet, so I count myself lucky (even though it looks like she’s planning a break again :( ). The movies that followed were probably below expectations. First there was ‘I could never be your woman’, a movie way below her level, which went straight to DVD. Next was ‘Hairspray’, a fun movie, but as said before Michelle only had a small role. ‘Stardust’ was next, personally not one of my favorites. I loved Michelle as the scary, hideous witch, but the story was really not my taste. Then ‘Personal effects’, which also went straight to DVD. I seriously dislike this movie so much. Michelle was ok, but certainly not at her best. I love her with all my heart, but I’m not afraid to share my true thoughts about every single performance, even when they’re not great. I mostly blame Ashton, my God, he was bad in PE! But so was the script, the lighting and the story overall (I’ll do a review on it one of these days, before this post gets too long). And last ‘Chéri’. I think this one was the best of the last five. She had the lead role, the story was appealing and her performance astonishing. But back to the point. I think what struck the ex-Pfans the most is that the wait of four(!) years wasn’t worth it. Two miniscule roles and two unsuccessful movies (not just my opinion).
I know we all say that we’ll remain Pfans forever, and we mean it. But maybe it’s a little naïve to think that. Don’t get me wrong, if anyone told me now that in 10 years I won’t be a Pfan anymore, I’d laugh my ass off. Right now it feels like I’ll always be a Pfan, but you don’t really know what will happen. Maybe the ex-Pfans thought that they’d remain Pfans forever too, but look what happened. We need a new Pfilm; the movies we already have of hers are great, but is it reasonable to think that we can live on that our whole lives? We can’t dwell on the past forever.
I love you Michelle and I mean it when I say: I always will!
LAMBCAST #276 1999 MOVIE DRAFT
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