I was really excited to see Knight and Day for two reasons: one, part of the movie was shot in Salzburg, Austria, which I visited earlier this year and is totally amazing, and two, because I saw clips of the movie while watching Top Gear (not my choice) and it seemed like a fun action flick. In the clip, Tom Cruise is riding a motorcycle with Cameron Diaz behind him when he flips her around swing dance-style so that she is straddling him (hot) and she shoots backwards at the bad guys while he drives. COOOOL. Oh, and a third reason. I heard that the powers that be in Hollywood changed the promotional poster for the movie because they realized at the last moment that people don’t really like Tom Cruise that much anymore and so it’s better to have a white cut-out than his actual face. Ouuuch. So I kind of wanted to check it out.
Ok, fine. I read that snarky gossip part in Perez Hilton. It’s a blog post called “Tom Cruise is killing his own movie.” Double ouch. Now back to the movie.
Now that I have actually watched Knight and Day, I can tell you that it is pretty darn awful. It’s a little like watching someone play a less funny John Cusack from Grosse Pointe Blank (tagline “every hit man deserves a second shot!”) with less realistic/plausible fight scenes than any James Bond movie or the Matrix combined. True story. For the unvarnished truth, I recommend reading A.O. Scott’s Day and Night/Knight and Day movie review in the New York Times. It’s called “Opposites Attract,” and it’s so well-written that it defies being excerpted by yours truly. The rest of the reviews I read make it sound like Knight and Day might just be a good movie—silly, good-hearted, and fun. Not so. Awful.
PARENTAL ADVISORY: THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH KIND OF CONTAINS AN EXPLETIVE
“I’ve seen a lot of bad action movies, but usually they have something good about them… this is the purest sh*t I’ve ever seen.”
(Anonymous reviewer, expressing views shared by this blogger)
So there you have it.
Knight and Day in Salzburg
The scenes in Salzburg take less than 24 hours in movie time and therefore last maybe 15 minutes of real time. And all those scenes take place in the dark of night. So did I get to soak in the wonderful atmosphere of Salzburg? Was I able to relive the time I spent walking its cobblestone streets?
No. Of course not. That would just be too much to ask.
My brush with someone else’s brush with fame; otherwise known as OMG I ALMOST MET SURI CRUISE
In June, I went to Salzburg with one of my best friends, Elaine, and spent the weekend there with her and her sister, Abigail, who was living there at the time. Much of my time there was spent drinking beer and hugging statues, although my blog post does not reflect that. Mostly you can read about the pretzels. This was soon after Knight and Day had finished shooting in Salzburg, and Abigail pointed out the house that Tom and Katie rented while they were on location.
This house is really large and on a cliff overlooking most of Salzburg (I assume). I took this photo from right outside the Schloss Mirabell gardens, a famous palace originally built by a 17th-century Archbishop for his lover and their ten surviving children. The Schloss Mirabell palace and gardens are really beautiful and totally worth visiting if you’re in Vienna.
While I was Salzburg, Abigail, Elaine, and I also went to the die Steinterrasse, which is (according to the website) the “cafe.bar.lounge” of Hotel Stein. Basically, it was this beautiful wrap-around terrace with amazing views of the city, a DJ, and an extensive cocktail menu. I was in seventh heaven.
Ok, so this is where almost brush with fame NUMBER TWO starts. I was at the Steinterrase for drinks with Abigail and Elaine. A month or so later, Tom and Cameron returned to Salzburg to promote the movie premiere. Abigail tries to go to the Steinterrase for drinks again, BUT SHE CAN’T BECAUSE TOM AND KATIE ARE THERE and THE WHOLE HOTEL IS ON TOTAL LOCKDOWN. omg.
Abigail tried to get into the hotel by saying that she was Suri’s au pair, but to no avail. Nevertheless, a brush with fame. And my brush with someone else’s brush with fame. I, like, totally almost hung out with Suri.
Anyway, now you know where to go if you want your very own brush with frame in Salzburg. Stop by the Steinterrasse, sit on the top deck, and order a really great cocktail. Enjoy.