One of our readers, Rachel went to the Nashville screening of How To Be. She wrote us a lengthy review of the movie and the fans :) First I give you a video of How To Be director Oliver Irving talking about How To Be then Rachel's email to us, unedited :)
The Nashville Film Festival Screening of “How To Be”
First, I just want to say how amazing this film is. If you don’t have an appreciation for dry, cheeky British humor, you won’t get it. At all. I guess if you’ve seen “I Heart Huckabees” it kind of has that feel, but it’s much cleverer than that movie. Rob was fantastic in it, of course. He makes a pretty believable Edward, but he makes an even more believable Art. Trust me when I say that. Sometimes I doubt he was even acting.
The Nashville Film Festival was very organized so it was easy to get in the doors and get into position in the queue. There were several “fan girls” there and that kind of sucked. I mean, I’m a huge fan, but I really try to not act like I have no self-control. These guys are human after all. They walk, talk, eat, piss and sleep the same as we do…and even make funny body noises, too. While it’s easy to get carried away, it ends up taking away from the experience for those fans that aren’t crazy “fan girls” or can at least keep their excitement contained at a manageable level. Plus, this movie is receiving a lot of fan fare, so there were several moviegoers at the festival who had never seen Twilight and had probably missed most of the Robert Pattinson buzz. I know all the hysteria probably took away from their experience, too. Now, getting off of my bitchy little soapbox…
Like I said, the movie was great. All of the actors make perfectly believable characters and their comedic timing is so perfect that you really do get wrapped up in the characters. By the time the movie is finished, you find yourself really rooting for Art and his mates, and really disliking his cold mother and distant father. You feel heartfelt emotions for them – all good signs of a great movie. I probably laughed at parts not meant to be funny, but I have a twisted sense of humor sometimes.
Sam Bradley was at the screening, as he’s in town for his shows in Nashville later in the week. How some people acted towards him placed me high on top of my soapbox. The giggly women in front of us accosted him immediately and asked him “So did you talk to Rob today?” Are you serious? And then they THANKED HIM FOR COMING…and HOPED HE ENJOYED THE SHOW. I know we have that whole Southern hospitality thing going on, but seriously? Are we movie ushers all of a sudden, too? Sam was a good sport, though. He took everything in stride, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone who asked. I didn’t ask. I figured I’d get my shot at his show when he’s actually being “Sam Bradley: Musician God” instead of sitting quietly trying to watch a movie. But again, I do feel bad for the guy. He’s a talented guy outside of the whole “Rob Frenzy” and I hope most people actually treat him like a separate entity instead of a direct pathway to meeting Rob. That’s just nuts. If you’re going to Sam’s show, please say you love his music, too, and that you’re not just going because the shirt that he’s wearing may have touched Rob at some point in time. Please.
The cast and director did a brief Q and A session after it was over and it was great. They all seem like nice, funny guys. They cleverly avoided the elephant in the room question “What was it like to work with Robert Pattinson?” and again took it all in stride. They explained how the film was made on an extremely low budget, how some of the actors worked for nothing, and how they forged genuine friendships with one another on set. By the time it gets to a crucial scene near the end of the movie, where Art and Nikki get PISSED, the friendship is already there. Oliver said he let them drink all day so by the time they filmed that scene, everyone was drunk. Rob really got slapped and when he laughs uproariously and almost falls on the floor, that was really him just being “Rob” and extremely drunk. He said he did choose Rob because he seemed to understand the character and possess some “Art traits” himself, and he also liked the fact that he isn’t very drama trained, so Rob was open to Oliver’s direction in the film.
I did hear several people mention “Robsessed” in the crowd, too. So I guess Robsessed is like, the Bible of the Robert Pattinson universe. I saw several people capturing video recordings of the movie (which is annoying to other moviegoers and…oh yes…illegal) and heard some people mention they were going to submit it to Robsessed. Oh, well.(Gozde: Thanks for the love but we won't be posting any illegally obtained videos. The DVD will be out in 15 days, I think we can all wait)
The guys all hung around and signed autographs and took pictures after the viewing and were very nice and very humble. I was really impressed with them and have a lot of funny memories and laughs.
I hope this doesn’t come off sounding too snooty – I hope you know my intention. But if you do that whole “What Would Rob do?” thing in your head…and you saw someone acting that way over yourself or your friends, you’d probably crap your pants and split. I know I would.