Plot: What’s it about?
I’m always hesitant to watch a film whose title begins with “Confessions of…” but in some cases I have to bite the bullet and just do it. In all honesty I think the last time this was an issue was when watching Lindsay Lohan’s “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.” That said, after watching about half of this movie I felt like I was somewhat watching an episode of “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” As a man, this movie isn’t exactly right up my alley but unlike most men, I actually like to shop. It would explain my huge wardrobe and having been nearly the same size for about 20 years now, my collection of designer clothes never seems to shrink. But Isla Fisher’s Rebecca Bloomwood puts me to shame and I can say that I’ve never heard store mannequin’s talk me into buying a scarf. Yes, all this and more in “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”
Rebecca (Isla Fisher) wants a bit more out of life. She’s employed at a gardening magazine but has aspirations toward working for “Alette”, the end all be all of fashion magazines. When she misses out on an opportunity to work for the coveted magazine, she ends up at a lower end financial magazine (albeit in the same family of magazines) where her column “The Girl in the Green Scarf” is a surprise hit with the blokes who read the magazine. Editor Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) just happens to be young, driven and good-looking to boot and is her guide and inspiration for the column. All the while, Rebecca is being stalked by creditors to get her debt under control and attending shopaholic meetings (yes, really). We all know how this will end, don’t we? Rebecca must then face a tough choice between keeping her best friend happy, her boss/love interest happy or does she pursue her dream and go that route?
“Confessions of a Shopaholic” isn’t a bad movie, I think that my Y chromosome prohibited me from totally appreciating the “shopping” aspect of it and maybe that’s why I never watched “Sex and the City” for the clothes, mainly the story. In movies of this genre, I much preferred Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada” but I have to admit that I’ve had somewhat of an infatuation with Isla Fisher ever since I saw her in “Wedding Crashers” a few years back. Movies like this are predictable and it came out early this year when the “good” movies are few and far between. Ironically enough I remember seeing ads for it while shopping at my local mall. Go figure.
Video: How does it look?
Disney has given us some great-looking transfers over the past few years and I was expecting good things here. For the most part this 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer does deliver the goods, but some of the darker scenes seem to be plagued with grain, something which I wasn’t expecting for a day and date Blu-ray like this. Conversely in other scenes, colors tend to leap off the screen like Fisher’s fire red hair, the green scarf and about every other color of the rainbow as well. Flesh tones seem warm and natural and detail is good, you can see every bit of scruff on Hugh Darcy’s face. It’s a good-looking transfer, but I was expecting a bit better.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack isn’t one that will leave a lasting impression, then again the romantic comedy genre isn’t really known for producing some memorable soundtracks. Dialogue is at the heart of this movie and it sounds very rich and natural. Surrounds are used sparingly, though they do kick in at times. The remainder of the sound is relegated to the front stage, where it adds to the general ambiance. This is an average soundtrack ? nothing more or less.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Disney has given Blu-ray purchasers a bit more for their money here as this contains some featurettes that aren’t on the standard DVD. There are a few music videos included as a bonus as well and the second disc contains a digital copy of the movie for your portable device. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray do come with some standard bloopers, a few deleted scenes and a video (“Stuck with each other” by Shontelle) and, as mentioned, the Blu-ray contains two more music videos. The featurettes don’t shed a lot of light on the film itself but are obviously geared towards the production design and wardrobe.