Yesterday night, after dinner with friends, I watched “Overboard”, a new retelling of the original movie with the same title that starred Kurt Russell and the beautiful Goldie Hawn. I loved the original, so naturally I wanted to watch this remake starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris.
An accomplished actor and comedian, Derbez is naturally funny. Anna Faris, with her odd humor, fit in with the role of a single mother raising 3 kids by herself. But, my enthusiasm ends there.
The reason why I didn’t like the movie as much is that it seemed forced. It didn’t have any of the flow of the original: simple and sweet, but yet funny. Part of the problem, I think, is that there are too many characters. It just seemed scattered, although it did have many funny moments. If however, Derbez’s character had been the billionaire magnate himself (and not his father) who then figures that the life he had been living would no longer make him happy, the flow of the story could have been better.
I don’t really know the reason why they decided to make such a change from the original, but it wasn’t a good change because in many more ways than one, this is a totally different movie than the original, not because of the cultural aspects, and not even because the roles were reversed. In the original, it was rich woman, poor man. In the remake, it was rich man, poor woman. It is different because of the added characters that clouded the point. The point was to have this woman fall hopelessly in love with this man. I didn’t feel that, although it was indeed the point they were trying to make.
If you are looking for a good laugh, it may be a movie for you. But, if you are looking for a love story, this is not on the level as the original.
In other words: where is the journey that the two actually fall in love?
The feeling I got was that she was sorry about what she did and found him convenient.