Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Ramen Girl (2008) review


This movie is charming and inspiring, but that isn't enough to cover up the cheesiness and shallow acting.

PLOT:After following him to Tokyo to start a new life, Abby (Brittany Murphy) is heartbroken when her boyfriend decides to leave her for a new job. Now reduced to no more than an American slacker in a foreign land, Abby seeks comfort and finds it in a ramen shop across the street. After a few days of watching, she decides she wants to be trained to be a ramen chef. However, the owner (Toshiyuki Nishida) doesn't get along with her very well, and this is all because neither of them can understand each other's language! So, Abby has to strive to learn to cook ramen from a mean owner, all the while dealing with heartbreak and learning Japanese. It's a good plot executed decently.

ACTING:The acting in here is also pretty decent. Brittany Murphy plays a pretty cool part as the heartbroken Abby, as does Toshiyuki Nishida as Maezumi, the mean ramen chef. These two play off each other very well and have great on-screen chemistry. The other performances are pretty good, but no one's really spectacular.

SCORE:The score in here is pretty good. It's done in an inspiring, foreign feel.

OTHER CONTENT:This was pretty good. This movie's full of charm with a fairly inspiring feel to it. It really glorifies the act of making ramen in Tokyo, and I find that interesting. However, there is a handful of scenes in here that are just very cheesy, and though there are chemistry among the actors and actresses, the acting is pretty shallow and one-track. It's like they only have one real personality trait per character. It's not too bad, but it's not too good either.

OVERALL,a neutral movie with a good plot, decent acting, pretty good score, lots of charm, an inspiring feel, and an interesting view, but it gets pretty cheesy at times, and the acting can be found as pretty one-track and shallow.

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