Last night we watched one of Dom’s Netflix picks, View from the Top starring Gwenneth Paltrow as Donna Jensen, a small town girl from Nevada who dreams of becoming a glamorous stewardess. I wasn’t expecting much from this romantic comedy, and was pleasantly surprised at how sweet a movie it was.
There were many moments when I expected cynicism and instead was served sincerity. For example, when the character of Donna’s mentor, Sally Weston, was introduced I fully expected that at some point she would betray Donna or at the very least burst her bubble. Instead she gracefully supports Donna and corrects her when she goes astray on her quest for happiness.
Niave at first, Donna never becomes disillusioned as she matures. Rather, she maintains a childlike freshness and in the end restores the jaded instructor, played by Mike Myers. She is able to see through his hurt cynicism.
What a refreshing change this movie was! Not a deep movie; but fun and entertaining and free of Hollywood’s darker impulses. The film says that wordly success isn’t ultimately satisfying. Rather, it is family and friends that make one truly happy. In fact, if it weren’t for the skimpy clothing and a brief hint at off screen premarital relations with her boyfriend, this movie would be perfectly acceptable for family viewing.