This is the story about a boy who wanted to watch Yes Man so badly. He did not really care for Jim Carrey even though he was absolutely hilarious in Horton Hears a Who (without seeing his face), but he positively wanted to see his favourite actress and singer Zooey Deschanel. The first time he wanted to go, he was struck down with a fever. The second time he wanted to go, he was nailed by a viral infection. The aforementioned boy even sat through the excruciatingly horrific Bridge to Terabithia, but it was a case of third time lucky as on this fateful day, that boy managed to finally catch Yes Man and Zooey Deschanel.
I sound hyper, don’t I? I blame the extremely high tempo pop tunes of The Rosebuds and the fact that I just came back from Yes Man.
The movie was nothing to shout about really, except for the scene when Jim Carrey’s character Carl sang Third Eye Blind’s Jumper to a man who was about to jump off a building and of course Zooey’s performance. Her take as the bold and adventurous Allison was wonderful, and she even lends her voice to the soundtrack and the movie as one part of the alternative band Munchausen by Proxy.
In reality, Zooey is the quirky and retro-chic voice behind one of my favourite bands She & Him, a two-piece with indie guru M. Ward.
She & Him released their debut album Volume One last year, and it is simply a gorgeous effort, so yeah, I may be biased, but Zooey Deschanel rocks, even if Yes Man didn’t.
Notes (updated): Munchausen by Proxy, the name of the fictional band comprising Zooey Deschanel and indie all-girl electro-pop trio Von Iva, is actually, according to Kids Health.org, an otherwise uncommon condition in which an individual exaggerates the symptoms of another person, usually small children. Ah, the majestic knowledge bucket that is the internet.
Speaking of which, the Yes Man soundtrack is pretty awesome with four songs performed by Munchausen by Proxy (the band, not the disorder). Hopefully She & Him and Von Iva can collaborate in the future, now that would be out of this world.
And I just checked today’s movie screenings, Yes Man is officially not showing in Seremban anymore, so lucky me!