I can't figure out whether I love or hate Gwyneth Paltrow. I can tell you that it certainly seems like a lot of people queue up in the latter line. I don't know too many people who love her. Most seem to hate her. I, for one, wonder why she's on the cover of Vanity Fair multiple times each year. And, of course, we ALL wonder whatever the hell possessed her to name her baby Apple. (Perhaps it's really the love child of Steve Jobs?)
I just watched Sliding Doors, which I saw a few years back when it first came out on video. It's basically the romantic comedy version of Run Lola Run, a film that deals with the split decisions we make each day that change our destiny (should I answer the phone while I'm leaving?). And also those decisions made by others that effect what happens next. If that guy cuts in front of me, I'll just miss running the stop light, and not die in a horrible crash (he, in fact, will take my place, which serves him right, the bastard). That type of thing...it happens to all of us, every day.
Sliding Doors shows what happens to the same character in 2 parallel storylines, one when she makes the sliding doors of the subway car, one when she doesn't. We are treated to short, blonde and sassy-haired Gwyneth, and serious, long, brown-haired Gwyneth. But the moral of the story is that fate is always the outcome. There is always a true destiny that will play out, so even though one storyline ends disasterously, the other brings Gwyneth to the place she has to be. It's a cute movie, well scripted and acted, with a great, engaging performance by John Hannah (from the Mummy movies), who, I think, is an underrated gem in this country.
I hated Gwyneth in Sky Captain. I thought her ballsy, Lois Lane reporter type was a wimp, and coupled with Jude Law's wimpy hero, the movie tanked. She was good in Shakespeare In Love (I'd debate if she was Oscar-worthy, because Miramax pursued that one like dog in heat), and she's good in this, which was released by Miramax the same year Shakespeare came out, 1998. Her English accent...I dunno. Not so much. She certainly is leggy and attractive, and has the look of Hollywood royalty, even if her lineage is more on the Duke and Duchess line. Sliding Doors is a great little time killer. But the jury is still out on Gwyneth for me, and no, in the current Hollywood tradition, that's not a literal thing. She hasn't, to my knowledge, killed anyone. Yet.