Uptown Girls – parallels

Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning in the 2003 film Uptown Girls. Brittany plays the child-like daughter of a rock star who starts babysitting Dakota’s character who is a totally grown-up 8 year old. The babysitter needs to grow up and take responsibility for her life, while the child needs to learn to be a child.

Throughout the film there are parallels set up between the two characters.

Emma Watson as Ila in Noah (2014).

I felt it was one of those epic movies where it is difficult for the actors to do their thing. Still, Emma has some great moments. For me the film only achieved its heart once Emma’s character joined the story, which takes a while.

The moment of the top image I was especially impressed by. Emma’s character is pregnant and her baby is in danger; at this moment she sees how much and decides right there and then to take a lot of risk to get it away from the danger. It’s this determination of the protector that I see in that look.

Noah’s character was quite interesting. It is not really made clear whether he received legitimate divine instructions, or whether he was a madman interpreting signs whatever way he sees fit.

BTW, I’m not a believer in the Noah’s Ark story. In fact, I believe it is based on the flood story line in the Epic of Gilgamesh, itself also a myth.