Quote of the Day: “Sleeping Beauty in Space,” a Review of PASSENGERS by Sunny Lanning

The movie is beautiful, brilliantly shot. The clean, curving lines of the halls and rooms, the luxurious amenities, the sense of echoing, empty space both within and without the ship, which employs a novel design style. The lingering shot on the long lines of Chris Pratt’s naked back and buttocks fits right into the elegant overall design.

— Sunny Lanning, in her blog Sincerely, Sunny

Self has been having an off-blog exchange with Sunny Lanning about things we like, and one of the things we like is J-Law.

Yup, that’s right. J-Law.

Self knows it’s sort of fashionable to dump on her right now. Indulge in fond memories of “Winter’s Bone” (which was truly great).

Self knows, “Passengers” did not get good reviews. Self reads Everlark tumblrs on a daily basis and people are wondering what happened to J-Law, blah blah blah.

Self has a feeling J-Law will endure.

In the meantime, enjoy the parallels Sunny Lanning draws between “Passengers” and Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

Self’s own personal take on the disappointment with the movie (Note: Self has not seen “Passengers.” But she kinda gets the process Chris Pratt is or has embarked on. It’s called Hollywoodization.), the blown hopes: it’s Pratt. In this role, he’s reaching for that next level. Self doesn’t argue that a J-Law would find him attractive — hot, even. But can we just not make the effort so predictable right now? It just seems so determined and so cynical.

Sunny found that originally “Passengers” was a Keanu Reeves project. Keanu/ J-Law would have been an interesting pairing!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


  1. Sunny Lanning said,

    January 7, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I agree! Actors who reach a certain level of popularity are supposed to simultaneously give us the familiar performance we liked them for in the first place but also serve us something new, edgy, exciting. It’s a tough tightrope to balance upon, but I too think J-Law will be just fine in this latest edition of the Hollywood Games.

    • January 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Gal has a lot of surprises left in her. Look at her Vanity Fair photo shoot — she’s better projecting gritty realism. She just doesn’t do the “Disney” kind of roles very well.

  2. Sunny Lanning said,

    January 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Actors who reach a certain level of popularity have to walk a fine line between giving audiences the kind of performance that made them popular in the first place while also giving them something new, edgy, and a level up entertainment-wise. In this regard, Chris Pratt is the same persona in Passengers that he is Jurassic World & Guardians of the Galaxy. J-Law seemed sort of perfunctory, but I also agree that she will be just fine in the latest round of the Hollywood Games.

  3. Sunny Lanning said,

    January 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Oh! Those are beautiful shots. I think she’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

    • January 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      That VF December shoot was great. So moody! So much better than her last VF shoot, where she was glammed up. In fact, I thought that shoot was stunning. She fits in a real landscape.

      • Sunny Lanning said,

        January 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

        That is the perfect way to capture it!

  4. Sunny Lanning said,

    January 7, 2017 at 7:41 am

    A little digging and voila! Reese Witherspoon was originally slated to be Aurora, which seems–weird. The role may suit her but not the sci Fi setting. Legally Blonde in a Black Hole? Sweet Home Space Station? Bizarre. Whatever the uneven failings of this movie, it can’t be pinned all on one person, and certainly not J-Law, in my opinion.

    • January 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Oh, interesting! Now, I feel J-Law was miscast. Reese would have been able to add a diff. tone.

      • Sunny Lanning said,

        January 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

        Honestly, if the director wanted a Barbie doll, he should have cast Emily Browning (SuckerPunch).

      • January 8, 2017 at 2:53 am

        lol, who’s Emily Browning

      • Sunny Lanning said,

        January 8, 2017 at 3:31 am


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