Judi Dench was great. Bill Nighy was great. They almost made me believe that this movie was worth watching. Almost. How ridiculous is this movie? As SHR commented, it felt like a made for Lifetime movie. It kind of felt like Single White Female but with Oscar cred. Or try to imagine Fatal Attraction with an old lesbian instead of Glenn Close and art teachers fucking a 15-year-old by the train tracks instead of boiling rabbits.
It was fun watching this movie and trying to figure out which scene will be shown during the Oscars when Dench and Blanchett's nominations are announced. My bet is the scene where Blanchett accuses Dench of the whole stealing a strand of her hair scene. Or it could be the one where Dench freaks out because Blanchett won't skip her son's (with Down Syndrome no less) middle school acting debut to console her about her dying cat.
There are at least three different movie ideas floating around in this one uneven film. Nighy was so damn good, I'd have been more interested in watching a movie about his and Blanchett's faltering marriage. Or how about focusing in on the aftermath of what happens to Blanchett's family after her affair is found out? Or even more about Dench's character? Instead, we got a 1991 by the numbers thriller playing dressup in Oscar's clothes.
And now annoying was that overbearing Philip Glass score? I kept thinking that the camera was going to pan back to a London nightscape, the film was going to speed up, and we were going to be treated to a 2006 version of Koyaanisqatsi.
Stone Groove said he liked the movie though because it reminded him of his affair with the hot teacher (who was dating Burt Reynolds at the time) at his school when he was 15.
Directed by Richard Eyre
AFI Theater - Silver Spring
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