Saturday, May 15, 2010

Epistolary typecasting


Iron Man 2 may have come out last Friday, but we all know that the summer movie season doesn't really start until today, with the release of Letters to Juliet.

What?

Epistolary? That's a pretty big word for a Friday, Vance.

Okay, let me throw you a bone:

epistolary (adjective)

1. in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters. consisting of letters.

And Amanda Seyfried seems like she's starting to get typecast in movies that are of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.

Okay, I only have two examples, but they're kind of funny examples, aren't they? First there was Dear John, which came out in February, and invokes the language of letters in its title. The plot involves a long-distance relationship Seyfried's character carries on with a guy serving in Iraq. Then there's Letters to Juliet, another letter-related movie. It's set in Verona, Italy, where Romeo & Juliet was set. Seyfried's character answers love letters that are left by the lovelorn on a particular wall, kind of like coins flipped into a fountain as wishes. (That setting, actually, reminds me a little bit in spirit of another Seyfried film involving romantic escapism: Mamma Mia!)

I don't have anything more profound to say about Seyfried making two movies in three months that revolve around the writing of letters. In fact, I'd like to use this post to show you that I can, actually, write something short now and again.

So yeah -- consider it noted that Amanda Seyfried has been the (willing) victim of epistolary typecasting, and let's move on.

2 comments:

Colin Low said...

You forget that Mamma Mia! opens with her posting letters, too.

Vancetastic said...

I knew there was a way to tie in Mamma Mia! more explicitly, but I didn't figure it out at the time ... one letter to each "dad," that's right.