During the Christmas holidays, my viewing habits skyrocket and I end up watching all sorts of films that I wouldn’t normally. Case in point, “Bedazzled”
I couldn’t help but enjoy “Bedazzled”. Yes, it was predictable and as deep as a papercut from a Post-It note, but still- it had some nice gags and didn’t suffer from any pacing issues. I suppose if anything it’s like a mix between “Groundhog Day”(which makes sense as both films are directed by Harold “Egon from Ghostbusters” Ramis) and the schoolyard “Corrupted Wish game” (i.e. You wish for a lifetime’s supply of cheese, but you are lactose intolerant). I actually giggled quite a bit when Elliot wishes he was more sensitive and ends up as an insufferable wimp, weeping at sunset and breaking out into improvised sonnets about Alison’s hair.
The ending is a bit of a cop out, to be honest. I was all ready to applaud the film for having Elliot not hook up with Alison at the end, as it seemed like a brave thing to do. However, Elliot goes home to find that his new neighbour looks exactly like Alison and is into all the nerdy stuff he is. Oh dear. Plus, we see a new side to Elliot when he stands up to his co-workers. This doesn’t really make sense however, because Elliot didn’t really learn a lesson from all the wishing. It made sense when Bill Murray’s character in “Groundhog Day” changed due to the fact that we saw why, whereas Elliot’s new found chutzpah seems to come from nowhere.
Still, “Bedazzled” is enjoyable enough and is much sharper than you may first give it credit for.