The Boyfriend of the Week
April 30, 1999
This week's Boyfriend is another big glamour-guy, well on his way to becoming Mr. Teen Heart-Throb, 1999. Jude Law hasn't been in anything main-stream, yet, really (unless you count Gattaca which was only main-stream because Ethan Hawke was in it). But I have yet to see him in something where he didn't make a hugely positive impression on me. And it's not ALL because he's so good-lookin', either.
For example, I recently saw the terrific movie Wilde, in which Jude plays the boy who brought Oscar Wilde to his knees. Uh, maybe I should've phrased that differently. . . Anyway, he made a really great pouty, stuck-up, lover-boy in Wilde AND you get to see his nekkid butt from time to time. Not bad! A pretty serious film, though. Depressing if you're a fan of Oscar's, as I am, OR just a fan of not locking people away just because of their sexual orientations. As I also am. But anyway, let's not talk politics here. Talking politics is fun, but not half as much fun as talking about Jude Law's nekkid butt.
I'm a big fan of Gattaca, of course, because I'll watch anything that's science fiction, especially if it involves cool genetic stuff. But Gattaca isn't a fluffy sci-fi movie; it's a thinker. And that's why Jude Law belongs in it. I can't think of a movie I've seen him in that's just been pure goofy fun. He's intense (just look at him up there! Even when he's relaxed, his brow is furrowed!) and there's just no way to hide it. He'll actually get a few points off for that later, though, because intense people are only fun to be around for short periods of time. Eventually, I just can't handle all the pondering and concentrated frowning. Sometimes you just have to shrug it off and go watch a few hours of something ridiculous! Like Jaws I, II, III, and IV!
The only other movie I've seen Jude in so far is, as you all must know by now, NOT my favorite movie of all time. Or even of the week that I saw it in. Or the day I saw it upon. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil almost drove me straight out of the theater, mid-scene. And it really takes a lot to get me to leave a movie before it's over. Jude was good, though. And cute, in a messed-up-teenager kind of way. Sort of like Judd Nelson's character in The Breakfast Club, except shorter and less heterosexual. Just think back now for a moment about how different each role he played in the three movies I mentioned was. A depressed paraplegic, a stuck-up rich boy, and a misguided youth. Sure, they had a few character traits in common, which leads me to suspect they are actually character traits of Jude himself, but pretty varied in general. That he played them all so well says quite a bit about his talent, doncha think?
Not that talent counts for all that much around here. It does score a few points, though!
Anyway, he's dreamy, he's smart, he's got a foreign accent, and he can act. Sounds like the man for me! If he were a few inches taller, I'd run right out and snatch him up. As it stands, I think I'll just sit back and let him come to me instead. Don't want to seem too eager, anyway, right?
MacGyver Factor Score: 95.3%. Points off, as I mentioned earlier, for being so damn SERENE. Lighten up, Jude! You've got it all! Have fun with it, fer cryin' out loud!