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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  17 February 1991 (USA)
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An elderly, bedridden former movie star is "cared for" by her sister, who hates her and keeps her a virtual prisoner in the family mansion.

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An elderly, bedridden former movie star is "cared for" by her sister, who hates her and keeps her a virtual prisoner in the family mansion.

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Bland bland bland
16 May 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Unsurprisingly 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' falls into exactly the same trap as every other TV movie remake: it's bland, there's no atmosphere and it fails to convince you that it has a point. The original version, that squawky 1962 melodrama, wasn't much good either, but even so there's something inescapably redundant about the whole thing, and something irritating about the stylistic indifference on display here.

Although the plot would suggest a moody, Gothic horror (something the original could have been if not for the two over-ripe performances of its past-it stars), this movie is shot and lit with zero regard for atmosphere. Not only does this run-of-the-mill approach flatten just about every scene, it also means that Jane, who is more of a caricature than a character, seems out of place. With her over-the-top make-up and occasional screeching fits, the TV movie remake machine has left her high and dry in a film that has only good acting to recommend it. She's sad, pathetic and occasionally sympathetic, but she's still as mad as ham and deserved a more stylised movie to fit the character.

Lynn Redgrave is actually pretty good as Jane and although Vanessa Redgrave doesn't have half as much to do, she is too. But the novelty of seeing these two sisterly thesps battling it out can't sustain a whole movie, just as having real-life enemies Bette Davis and Joan Crawford biting chunks out of each other didn't make the original any less boring. From their point of view I guess the movie offered an interesting acting challenge (and the opportunity to act together on screen for the first time) but the director does them no favours.


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