Elle Fanning in Ginger & Rosa (2012)

Ginger's No Winner

London during the early 60s where best friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are inseparable much to the annoyance of Ginger's mother. They do everything together from sitting in the bath together to shrink their jeans to hitch hiking across the country and joining in ban the bomb marches. But as time passes and desires come to the fore it puts pressure on their life long friendship.

Two days in a row I have found myself watching a movie where the director has treated the movie as a piece of art rather than focussing on the story and on entertainment. Now that isn't for me, I watch a movie to be entertained which comes from a combination of things; the story, the look, the acting, the dialogue and so on but "Ginger & Rosa" failed to deliver any of that for me. It might work for those who are looking at cinema as more of a way of artistic expression but those seeking traditional style entertainment it comes up short.

So what did "Ginger & Rosa" deliver then? Well first up we have the ridiculously clipped accents and dialogue which doesn't ring true to the point that as the movie was playing I wondered whether this was an alternate reality I was being presented with. Then there is the slow pace due to scenes of nothing such as watching Ginger sit there in a kitchen and doing nothing. It is all incredibly artsy, ponderous and sadly for me uninteresting and it isn't that I expected excitement in the form of action but I expected more than what was on offer, more realistic dialogue, drama and characters.

What this all boils down to is that firstly I apologise for this brief review but secondly "Ginger & Rosa" did absolutely nothing for me and was one of those movies who's artsy side dominates things and not in a good way for those watching to be entertained in a traditional sense as the ponderous pacing and breaks for nothing interrupt the story.