Thousands of miles away, Amanda Knox is sitting in an Italian prison waiting to hear whether or not she’ll be granted a new trial, with a reexamination of evidence. It’s likely one of the reasons Knox’s family and her lawyers fought to get the movie off the air.
Since I’ve been following the case, I had to check this movie out. It’s available in full on Lifetime’s website.
As you may have read in a previous post of mine, the movie stars Hayden Panettiere as Knox, Marcia Gay Harden as Knox’s mother, Paolo Romio as Knox’s boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Vincent Riotta as prosecutor Mignini.
The movie opens with Raffaele and Amanda outside of the flat where Meredith Kercher’s body was discovered as the Italian police show up. Raffaele’s got the glasses and the scarf he’s been seen wearing in the media.
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So, in a nutshell, here are some things I’d like to say about the movie:
While the movie jumps around as far as time goes, it is not very confusing and easy to understand. And while some scenes, particularly interrogation scenes or scenes during the trial seemed well-done, other parts of the movie were cheesier than a plate of nachos on Super Bowl Sunday.
What sticks out in my mind most as being cheesy is a scene when Knox and Sollecito skip through some sort of park with picnic gear, arms around each other while Amanda talks about what a dream it is to there.
I wish the movie had more portrayal of the victim, Meredith Kercher. Although there was a cheesy scene that involved the roomates meeting, with Amanda making a comment about Meredith’s British way of speaking (we get it, she’s British)…there was not much more back story involving Meredith. (The family of the victim also fought to get the movie taken off the air).
I enjoyed Vincent Riotta’s performance as the prosecutor.
The movie seems to make a lot of assumptions and I’m not sure how factual they are. In one scene, Amanda is shown chatting with her sister about the drug scene in Italy and weed. In other scenes she is seen laughing and messing around with Raffaele and the movie does not show her grieving in any way.
Reportedly, the real Amanda Knox wanted to throw up when she saw her portrayal in the movie. I didn’t want to throw up but I couldn’t help but laughing at certain parts–particularly the romantic scenes between Raffaele and Amanda, and when Raffaele asks Amanda if she’s wearing underwear.
The movie had it’s good points and it’s bad points, but I think it might have been better for Lifetime to wait and air this movie when Knox’s appeal trial was over, so she was ensured a fair trial. After all, the movie could sway public opinion about the case and Amanda, as if it hadn’t already been swayed enough.
For its sometimes cheesy moments, and for a portrayal that may not necessarily be completely accurate, the movie gets a 2 out of 5 on my scale.
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